The Religious Affiliation of
Superintendent Lyman

Religion: manifestly non-religious CBR Scale: I

Name: Superintendent Lyman

Classification: villain villain  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Superman (vol. 1) #3 (Winter 1939): "Superman and the Runaway"

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: Superman, Lois Lane, Frankie Dennis

Employer: State Orphanage

Occupation: orphanage operator

Gender: male

Here is something interesting to think about: In Action Comics #10 the villain of the story was named "Superintendent Wyman." He was the evil and corrupt warden of a prison. He cruelly mistreated the prisoners in his charge. In the story "Superman and the Runaway" in Superman #3 the villain of the story is "Superintendent Lyman," an evil and corrupt superintendent of a state orphanage who cruelly mistreated his charges. Consider the similarity between the behavior and official state-sanctioned position of these two characters along with their almost identical names. There is only one letter difference between "Superintendent Wyman" and "Superintendent Lyman." These similarities can't simply be a coincidence. It is reasonable to assume that Siegel intentionally named Lyman after Wyman, or that he modeled both characters after a specific real-life person.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Superman (vol. 1) #3 (Winter 1939): "Superman and the Runaway"

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