Awarded: April 2000
(*Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938)
Jenette Kahn joined DC Comics in 1976 as publisher and five years later was promoted to president and editor-in-chief. After 26 years with the premiere comic book publisher, she stepped down in 2002 to pursue other endeavors, including publishing her first novel. Kahn was the driving creative force behind the growth of a small comic book imprint into the multi-billion dollar home of some of the most recognized iconic characters in the world, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
(Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. DC Comics editor Sheldon Mayer published Superman as the lead feature in the inaugural issue of Action Comics in 1938 and the most enduringly popular super hero was born. “The Man of Steel,” who was faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and could leap tall buildings in a single bound, pledged to fight for truth, justice and the American Way.)