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Where the name "Clark Kent" came from...

Julius Schwartz revealed in an interview that he once asked Jerry Siegel where he came up with the name "Clark Kent" for Superman's alter-ego...

"When I saw Jerry Siegel, I asked him, "What is the real story? Where did the name Clark Kent come from?"

He smiled and said, "It's very simple. I named Clark after the most romantic movie idol of the age, Clark Gable."

I said, "I anticipated that. But where did Kent come from?"

He thought for a while and smiled and then he said, "Oh, I'll tell you. My wife's brother-in-law is Kent Taylor, a movie actor from back in the 40's."

So Kent came from Kent Taylor."