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8 brilliant, everyday things invented by kids

By: Melissa Breyer on May 19, 2014, 4:06 p.m.
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Two 18-year-olds who loved comic books and science fiction, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, began making cartoons and homemade fanzines while they were still in high school. One of their creations was a caped superhero called "the Superman" who appeared in the 1933 short story, “The Reign of the Superman.” After developing the character more, they were met with years of rejection — that is until 1938, when National Allied Publications (the precursor to DC Comics) selected it as the cover story for the company's Action Comics No. 1. In 1939, Siegel and Shuster began the syndicated Superman comic strip; having sold the rights to National, they were never significantly rewarded for their creation.