Skip to comments.Superman:Celebrating 75 Years of truth,justice & the American way in the Man of Steel's birth city
Posted on 04/14/2013 5:53:09 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
Seventy-five years ago someone walking up to a newsstand in Cleveland might have seen something new -- a gaudy, yellow-covered comic book with a man dressed in a circus outfit lifting a car. The magazine bore the equally gaudy title of "Action Comics."
A perfect copy of that 10-cent comic recently sold for $1.2 million, but at the time just seeing that book on display would have meant more than money to the two young Glenville men who created the character.
Superman, the character Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created five years earlier while still in high school, had finally arrived. Comics would never be the same, and soon Superman would be among the most recognized characters in the world. From the steamy jungles of Brazil to the icy wastelands of Siberia, it's pretty hard to find someplace where people have not heard of him.
Yet, the superhero who spawned numerous television series and five films, including a movie due out in June, has never been fully embraced by his city of his birth. And while it's pretty hard to find a place where people have not heard of him, few know the idea came from Cleveland.
Superman rose from humble beginnings. The legend, as told by Siegel himself, says that one hot summer night in the early 1930s, the teen tossed and turned, unable to sleep in his home at 10622 Kimberley Ave., in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland.
He stared out his bedroom window at a giant moon, his head spinning with the tales of science fiction he loved to read. He wished he could fly.
He jumped out of bed and hastily wrote down his ideas for a man who could not exactly fly, but was so mighty that he could leap hundreds of feet into the air. He would have the strength of Hercules and the invulnerability of Achilles and would be the hero of the dispossessed and downtrodden, like the people of Depression-era Cleveland.
The character would be more than a man, he would be a superman. < snip >
The house at 10622 Kimberley Ave. in the Glenville neighborhood is where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman.
My mom always told me reading comic books would rot my brain.
And she was right.
Pinging the lists as a FYI..
Locals are aware of the connection, although it receives far less publicity than the first on air use of the phrase "Rock and Roll" (in the black community jargon at the time it referred to the "beast with two backs") to describe the phenomenon of 1950's white boys making negro blues acceptable to a wider audience by adding their twangy voices, drums, and an upbeat rhythm. There is now a Superman statue in Hopkins Airport, although it is a recent addition.
To celebrate Doc's 80th anniversary, 'Skull Island' was recently published...Doc vs. King Kong, who is also celebrating his 80th.
Thanks for the post.
The slogan “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” was created for the campy 1950s television show, and was not part of the original comic.
Would politically correct, diversity-compliant gay super heroes protect the America of the Superman era? Somehow I do’t think so. Superman was the hero of the people of the Land of the Free, of the Greatest Generation and their immediate children. America is now the Land of the Dependent and Entitled where school children are taught how to fill out 61 page applications for free health care and ObamaPhones (tm).
“Terry and the Pirates” was my favorite comic strip. Followed closely by “Steve Canyon”.
I learned a lot about science from reading DC comics, which proved to be accurate when I got to science class.
Agreed...sadly; science has been replaced by social agenda in today's perverted DC line...
Now that's Super!!!
Lt Col Canyon took on commie MiGs wherever he found them. Terry took on Snow Flower & the Dragon Lady.
These guys made Dagwood look like, well, you know what.
I never knew that Superman was a Cleveland native.
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