Jerry Siegel

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Birth Name:
Jerome Siegel
Birth Date:
October 17, 1914
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio
Death Date:
January 28, 1996
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Heart attack
Cemetery Name:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Jerry Siegel was an American comic book writer, and famous for the creation of Superman, which he created in collaboration with his friend Joe Shuster. Siegel and Shuster were inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993. During his first tenure at DC Comics (1935–1943), Siegel created other characters such as Doctor Occult, Radio Squad, Slam Bradley, Superboy, The Presence, and The Spectre.

Fun Fact

The co-creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, drew 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 reported near poverty in the early 1970s when the first of major new series of Superman films came out. After a protest by comic book artists around the country, Warner Bros., which owned DC Comics, put the two men on a pension, which rose into the six figures over the years.

In 1917 Joanne Kovacs wanted to be a model and placed an ad in the paper looking for modeling work. Joe Shuster and his partner, Joel Siegel hired Joanne to model for sketches for a character in a comic book they were creating. That character would be Lois Lane in the Superman comics. She would pose for them every Saturday until they had enough sketches to use. Shuster and Siegel would use some of Joanne’s character traits in the development of Lois, in particular her ambition, intelligence and gutsy personality. Joanne moved from Cleveland to pursue her modeling career as well as work for a ship builder during WWII.

Later in life Joanne ran into Joel at a charity function in New York City and they reconnected. Joel had said he let her get away before but not this time. They would be married in 1948. Shuster and Siegel had sold the rights to their creation, Superman, for just $130.00 years prior.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, California, 90038


North America


Map of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California

Grave Location:

COLM, UEW 2/12

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery take an immediate right and park. Walk to your right and beneath the dome of the cemetery’s main chapel lies the Hollywood Columbarium, where columns of glass-front niches surrounding a murmuring fountain rise up to meet the cupola on the second floor. Jerry and Joanne Siegel’s decorative niche can be found on the 2nd floor along the east wing.

Grave Location GPS

34.09031786094605, -118.32084594032975

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