Joanne Carter Siegel has made an impact on the Superman legacy both in its mythos and in the realm of creator’s rights. Originally hired as an artist’s model by Joe Shuster, Joanne was one of the original inspirations for the classic character Lois Lane. She had stood by her husband Jerry Siegel through the thick and thin that often characterizes life in the comic book industry, and after he passed away continued the fight for Jerry’s rights to the character he co-created.
I often find that behind many great comic creators are devoted spouses who support their vision and give them an exemplary level of encouragement and assistance. Whether these significant others are helping run their partner’s booth at a comic convention, assisting them with paperwork, or even making sure they get their fair share of credit and notoriety after they leave this world – they should be recognized. Creating comics can be like a lonely, long-distance marathon, hours spent in solitude in a studio; it’s great, perhaps even in the long run necessary, to have that life-partner to not only provide one with companionship, but vital inspiration.
Friends of Lulu salutes Joanne Carter Siegel with the Woman of Distinction Award.
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