Siegel was the son of Jewish immigrants who fled Lithuania in 1900. Shuster was born in Toronto, and moved to Cleveland in 1924.
Shuster and Siegel met in high school. They shared a passion for science fiction, adventure fiction, and movies. Although they created Superman and other companion characters like Clark Kent and Lois Lane together, it took them nearly six years to find a publisher. They were able to sell the rights of DC Comics for $130. Superman first appeared in 1938's National Periodical Publications Action Comics #1. He was then featured in his own title in the year following.
The 2-inch high-relief 3-ounce medals are limited edition and feature an obverse design created by Eugene Daub, and a reverse design by Mel Wacks, Jewish-American Hall of Fame director. The reverse shows the word POW! while the obverse features the creators of the comic. With a fist, he punches through the inscription THE JEWISH AMERICAN HALL of FAME.
Each medal comes with a certificate of authenticity and a serial number at the edge. The Highland Mint produces limited quantities of 150 bronze ($50), 75 pure gold ($200), and 35 pure silver with gold plating ($250). They can be ordered by email at email@example.com or by calling 818-225-1348. Orders for Coin World subscribers receive a 20% discount Additional information can be found at www.amuseum.org/jahf.