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Siegel & Shuster and Lefty Gomez?

February 28, 2014

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster are synonymous with their most famous creation, Superman, and Hall of Fame pitcher Vernon Louis "Lefty" Gomez was synonymous with five world champion New York Yankees teams. But what do Siegel and Shuster and Lefty Gomez have to do with each other?

When Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the character of Superman in 1933, they couldn't possibly have foreseen the way audiences would embrace their Last Son of Krypton when he leapt of the pages of Action Comics #1, forever securing his place in pop culture history.

En route to establishing himself as a New York Yankees legend, Gomez won one World Series game in 1932, two in 1936, two in 1937 and one in 1938, giving him a perfect 6-0 record in the post season. His outstanding regular season resume includes a .649 career winning percentage and locking up pitching's Triple Crown by leading the American League in wins, Earned Run Average, and strikeouts in both 1934 and 1937.

So both the writer-artist team and the pitcher each did something pretty... super.

What unites these two seemingly disparate camps is perhaps the finest known custom illustration Joe Shuster ever did of Superman. The striking 14.25" wide x 24" tall (35 x 45.25 framed) image, circa 1941, shows the Man of Steel beautifully rendered in a powerful, Golden Age standard pose.

It is signed "Best Personal Regards To Lefty Gomez, From One Superman To Another, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster."

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