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Superman’s 75th puts spotlight on Cleveland roots
超人七十五週年生日  克里夫蘭出身受矚目

The poster “Superman Obama” by the French artist “Mr. Brainwash” is pictured in the German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on May 24.
這張五月二十四日展示於德國法蘭克福美茵河畔的照片,是法國藝術家「洗腦先生」的作品「歐巴馬超人」。

Photo: EPA
照片:歐新社

The tough, blue-collar roots of Superman’s creators are getting a fresh look on the superhero’s 75th anniversary.

Creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster lived just a few blocks apart in the Cleveland neighborhood that shaped their teenage lives, their dreams and the imagery of the Man of Steel.

In the city’s Glenville neighborhood, still in the throttling grip of the Great Depression, Siegel and Shuster labored on their creation for years before finally selling Superman to a publisher.

The Man of Steel became a Depression-era bootstrap strategy for the Siegel/Shuster team, according to Brad Ricca, a professor at nearby Case Western Reserve University who uses Superman in his classes. “They really just saw it as a way out,” he said.

But it was not just hardscrabble circumstances that tempered the Man of Steel, Siegel’s daughter said. Laura Siegel Larson said Cleveland’s public library, comic pages and high school mentors all nurtured her father’s creativity.

“The encouragement that he received from his English teachers and the editors at the Glenville High School newspaper and the literary magazine gave my dad a real confidence in his talents,” she said.

(AP)

隨著超人七十五歲生日到來,《超人》創造者的堅韌藍領出身也獲得全新的關注。

《超人》漫畫原作者傑瑞‧西格爾和喬‧舒斯特少時在克里夫蘭的住處只隔了幾條街,這個社區形塑了他們的青少年時光、夢想與鋼鐵英雄的意象。

克里夫蘭市的格蘭維爾區當時仍受到經濟大蕭條的嚴重打擊,西格爾和舒斯特為他們的創作努力多年,最後才把《超人》賣給出版商。

根據鄰近克里夫蘭的凱斯西儲大學教授布萊德‧利卡表示,「鋼鐵英雄」成為西格爾和舒斯特在大蕭條時代的自力謀生策略,利卡會在課堂中講授《超人》作品。他說:「他們真的把它視為一條出路。」

西格爾的女兒表示,但鋼鐵英雄並不只是受到貧困的環境所鍛鍊。蘿拉.西格爾.拉森說,克里夫蘭的公共圖書館、漫畫及高中導師都滋養了她父親的創意。

她說:「受到來自他的英文老師,以及格蘭維爾高中報紙和文學雜誌編輯的鼓勵,讓我父親對他的天分擁有真正的信心。」

(美聯社/翻譯:俞智敏)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. bootstrap n.

自立自強 (zi4 li4 zi4 qiang2)

例: Despite many obstacles, she has pulled herself up by her own bootstraps.

(儘管面臨重重險阻,她仍然靠自己闖出一片天。)

2. hardscrabble adj.

貧困的 (pin2 kun4 de5)

例: He lived a hardscrabble life.

(他一生困頓。)

3. encouragement n.

鼓勵 (gu3 li4)

例: Encouragement might be the best way to build her confidence.

(鼓勵可能是建立她自信心的最好方式。)


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