Directions: Proofread the following essay for apostrophe errors. Add apostrophes above the lines where needed, and cross out those that don’t belong.
The True Story of Superman
Sometimes, things just dont work out right. That’s how the creators of Superman felt for a long time.
Supermans first home wasnt the planet Krypton, but Cleveland. There, in 1933, Superman was born. Jerry Siegels story, “Reign of Superman,” accompanied by Joe Shuster’s illustrations, appeared in the boys own magazine, Science Fiction. Later, the teenagers continued to develop their idea. Superman would come to Earth from a distant planet to defend freedom and justice for ordinary people. He would conceal his identity by living as an ordinary person himself. Siegel and Shuster hoped their characters strength and morality would boost peoples spirits’ during the Great Depression.
At first, the creators werent able to sell their concept; then, Action Comics’ Henry Donnenfield bought it. In June of 1938, the first Superman comic hit the stands. Supermans success was immediate and overwhelming. Finally, Americans had a hero who wouldnt let them down! Radio and TV shows, movie serials, feature films, and generations of superheros’ followed.
While others made millions from their idea, Siegel and Shuster didnt profit from its’ success. They produced Superman for Action Comics for a mere fifteen dollars a page until they were fired a few years later when Joe Shusters eyes began to fail. They sued, but they lost the case. For a long time, both lived in poverty, but they continued to fight. In 1975, Siegel and Shuster finally took their story to the press; the publicity won them lifelong pensions. The two mens long struggle had ended with success.
Exercise adapted from Fawcett, Susan, and Alvin Sandberg. Evergreen: A Guide to Writing. Fifth ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.