I Am Superman

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By Ken Zurski

Malcom Wheeler-Nicholson

By Ken Zurski

After a court martial for violating the 96th Article of War which prohibits public criticism of the military by an officer, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson left the US Calvary in 1923 and became a pulp writer and entrepreneur instead.

While looking for a distinctive character to highlight his new Detective Comics series, Wheeler-Nicholson sent a letter to comic book writer Jerry Siegel.

“We want a detective hero called ‘Slam Bradley’” he wrote. “He is to be an amateur, called in by the police to help unravel difficult cases.”

Siegel and co-creator Joe Shuster used “Slam Bradley” as a trial run for another character they thought had more appeal.

They named the new character “Superman.”

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