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"Sad Sack and Superman" - Jerry Siegel Goes To War

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As many people are aware, Superman's co-creator, Jerry Siegel, served in the army during World War II, and he wasn't alone.  Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Joe Sinnott, Sheldon Moldoff, Dick Ayers, Ross Andru, Ben Oda - even Roy Lichtenstein served in the armed forces, thus proving that comic book artists and writers weren't exempt from the call up.  Possibly the most famous of them all was Jack Kirby, who faced some real battles, including landing at Normandy as part of D-Day and taking part in the siege of Bastogne (the latter made famous in the TV series Band Of Brothers).  Jerry's own war experiences weren't as ferocious as Kirby, or even Andru who also served in the European theatre, but he was a veteran, and when you look at what it meant to the Army to have Superman's creator on board, it becomes obvious as to why he never faced any real danger.  Joe Shuster had it easier - his bad eyesight kept him out of the war, but DC kept him busy, drawing, and pumping out S…