Retro-Hugo Superman Correction

Nicholas Whyte, CoNZealand’s Deputy Hugo Administrator, announced today it has come to the attention of the CoNZealand Hugo Awards administrators that the winner of the 1945 Retro Hugo for Best Graphic Story has been misattributed. While Superman: “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk” was originally credited to writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, the artwork was actually done by artist Ira Yarbrough. In keeping with the listing for this issue in Superman Archives Vol. 8, published by DC Comics in 2010, they are changing the listing for this work as follows:

Superman: “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk” by Jerry Siegel, Ira Yarbrough and Joe Shuster (Detective Comics, Inc.)

Whyte says, “The administrators apologize for not catching this earlier, and thank the fans who brought this to our attention. We will be correcting this on the official listings of winners on the CoNZealand and Hugo Awards pages, and request that other media outlets please update their reporting.”

3 thoughts on “Retro-Hugo Superman Correction

  1. I’d blogged about this before they changed it…
    https://turniplanterns.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/retro-hugos/
    and I still am in doubt that Shuster has got anything to do with it; as pointed out in the sources I’ve quoted, those are Yarbrough poses, meaning that he did the pencils, and if I look at the faces, then those are definitely are not Shuster faces.
    I think the Superman Archives are wrong about this, and the sources I’ve found (Brian Cronin’s no slouch, and the “Who Drew Superman?” page also looks legit) are right in crediting Yarbrough as the sole artist.
    I don’t know… Maybe DC has a stipulation that these things now need to be co-credited to Shuster… A penance of sorts…

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