Mild-mannered Clark Kent, holding a red-hot poker and spanking Lois Lane? Not exactly, but an artist who helped create Superman in 1938 later drew sadomasochistic comics with characters resembling the famous pair, USA Today reports. The bawdy panels, which once sold at drugstores in the 1950s, are revealed in a new book titled Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-Creator Joe Shuster.
Like writer Jerry Siegel, artist Shuster earned little from Superman and turned to racy underground comics to survive. "Joe obviously had some very dark fantasies," says author Craig Yoe, who uncovered the comics. "There are some who say I should have left this stuff buried and not ruin Joe's reputation. But this is a major body of work by the creator of the superhero. There's even an innocence."