I was mild-mannered, wore glasses, was very shy with women.
Clark Kent, I suppose, had a little bit of Harold Lloyd in him.
Before I ever put anything on paper, Jerry and I would talk back and forth.
I came from Canada when I was about 10 years old, and our family settled in Cleveland, Ohio.
I think initially we wanted to use the first letter of the character's name. We thought S was perfect.
I drew a picture on the back of a calendar in pencil. In those days they used to give out free calendars, I had no art paper, so I took whatever else I could.
I did all the work at the beginning up until the point where I couldn't handle the increasingly heavy art production burden alone. I needed, and got, assistance.
And I agreed the feeling of action as he was flying or jumping or leaping - a flowing cape would give it movement. It really helped, and it was very easy to draw.
Those early sketches looked too cartoony; I really wanted to do detailed drawings - I was taking anatomy classes - but unfortunately I wasn't able to do it because of the time element.
Jerry and I always felt that the character was enjoying himself. He was having fun: he wasn't taking himself seriously. It was always a lark for him, as you can see in my early drawings.