Superman failed to penetrate the sinister barrier -- but don't worry, reader, Robby won't fail. Nothing can stop my DIAL. Get ready! We are about to reveal the secret of the eighth Superman! It starts with young Jerry Siegel.
Jerry Siegel grew up in Cleveland. His father owned a clothing store. One night, a robber broke into the store while Mr. Siegel was still there. The stress proved too much for him, and he died of a heart attack during the robbery. Jerry hadn't even reached his teens yet.
Pictured below, the scene as depicted by Ross MacDonald (imitating the artistic style of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster in Marc Tyler Nobleman's BOYS OF STEEL (2008, Knopf).