The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Jerome "Jerry" Fine died on Christmas day at the age of 97. Fine had a unique role in the creation of Superman, he's the one that brought Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster together in the first place.
Fine went to school with Shuster in the 30s. They worked together on the school paper doing a comic strip called Jerry The Journalist that depicted Fine as a grasshopper. When Fine discovered that his friend was going to be transferring to Glenville High School, he told Shuster to look up his cousin Siegel.
Shuster of course did find Siegel and the two began working together on the Glenville Torch. This was start of a partnership that would quickly lead to the creation of one of the most recognizable fictional characters and start a 75 year and going run for the Man Of Steel and create the superhero genre.
Fine's brother, Irving, carries on the family legacy as a founding member of the Siegel and Shuster Society, a non-profit group formed to honor the two men and their creation