WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9: "SUPERMAN"
Profile America — Wednesday, June 9th. A new type of comic book character — the super hero — appeared for the first time this month in 1938 — as Ohio teenagers Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel came up with "Superman." A radio show about him immediately caught the public's fancy. Superman has remained popular through decades of changing tastes in entertainment. In fact, a celebration dedicated to him starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday in Metropolis, Illinois, with 50,000 people expected to share in the annual fun. The year "Superman" first appeared, Americans spent an average of $514 on magazines and newspapers. Now, that figure is just over $88. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 304, 317
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 401
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1093
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau