Jerry Siegel, 81, who as a teen-ager in the Depression...


January 31, 1996

Jerry Siegel, 81, who as a teen-ager in the Depression co-created Superman and started a craze for comic book superheroes that has never abated, died of heart failure Sunday at his Los Angeles home, the publishers of Superman comics said yesterday.

Joseph Shuster, the Canadian immigrant who drew the comic strip that Mr. Siegel wrote, died in 1992 at age 78, also in Los Angeles.

The two childhood friends, both science fiction fanatics, had just graduated from Glenville High School in Cleveland in 1934 when they created "The Man of Steel," a gentleman more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and faster than a speeding bullet.

The two men earned a fairly lucrative salary drawing and writing the comic books until 1947, when they sued for more money and were fired.

They never wrote or drew the Superman comic books again and were reportedly near poverty in the early 1970s when the first of a major new series of Superman films came out.

After a protest by comic book artists around the country, Warner, which owned DC Comics, put the two men on a pension that rose into six figures over the years.

Saul Goodman, 89, who spent 46 years as the principal timpanist the New York Philharmonic and instructed other accomplished percussionists, died Friday in Palm Beach, Fla.

He began his career with the orchestra when he took his position behind the second violinist in Carnegie Hall on Oct. 14, 1926.

He stepped down at the end of the 1972 season, more than

6,000 concerts later, having held a principal position with the New York Philharmonic longer than any other musician in history.

For 41 years, he taught and served as chief of the percussion department at the Juilliard School of Music. He attracted pupils who went on to populate the percussion sections of the great orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia.

He wrote books on percussion, lectured widely and composed. He also built his own drums and revolutionized their design, using lighter metals that cut their weight by more than half.

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