Jerry Fine, Who Brought Siegel and Shuster Together, Passes Away

superman-75-years-logo-310513The world might have never had Superman if it wasn’t for Jerome Fine. Jerry Fine, passed away on December 25 in Cleveland Heights at the age of 97.

The story goes that at some point in the 1930s, Fine heard that his friend Joe Shuster was transferring the Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Fine had known Shuster from elementary school and even did a comic strip with him called Jerry The Journalist where Fine was depicted as a grasshopper.

Fine was also a cousin to Jerry Siegel, and encouraged Shuster to team up with Siegel when he arrived. The rest become history as the two would create an icon.

Fine’s brother, Irving, carries on the family legacy as a founding member of the Siegel and Shuster Society, a non-profit group formed to honor the two men and their creation.

Here is Fine’s obituary from the Cleveland Jewish News:

Jerome Fine, age 97, died Dec. 25, 2013. World War II Army Air Corps veteran.  Beloved husband of the late Gladys Fine (nee Dworkin); devoted father of Jeff (Sandie) Fine, Michael (Claire) Fine of Calif., and Karen (Michael) Weinberger of Akron, Ohio; loving grandfather of Chad (Andrea) Fine, Jason (Genelle) Denzin, Brandon (Edyta) Halprin, Evan (Brandy) Halprin, Troy, Kasey, Darcy and Daniel Fine, and Erin (Rabbi Matthew) Cohen; loving great grandfather of seven; dear brother of Irving (Gloria) Fine and the following deceased: Ruth Stein, Annabel Fine and Mildred Kaplan.

Services will be held at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Hts. Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.  Interment Bet Olam Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Jeff and Sandie Fine residence, 6801 Silkwood Ln., Solon Sunday following interment until 9 p.m. and Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Friends will be received at the Karen and Michael Weinberger residence in Akron Tuesday from 1-4 pm only.

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This site has a connection to this story, as Chad Fine, mentioned above is a cousin of mine. My, and our, thoughts go out to him and his family.