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The Siegel & Shuster Society

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The Siegel and Shuster Society was created in 2007 after Mike Sangiacomo, a frustrated Plain Dealer reporter and lifelong Superman fan, authored a scathing article demanding that the city of Cleveland do something to honor and celebrate the creation of Superman in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Soon after that article was published, a hugely attended meeting led to the formation of The Siegel & Shuster Society, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to commemorate and celebrate the creation of Superman in Cleveland. Since then, the Siegel & Shuster Society has celebrated the following accomplishments:

  • Raising $111,000 in an online auction to renovate the former home of Jerry Siegel in the Glenville area of Cleveland.

  • Earning a $5,000 grant from Neighborhood Connections to create a fence at the former home of Joe Shuster depicting Action Comics #1.

  • Raising $50,000 to create the Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport welcoming travelers as they enter the baggage claim area.

  • Unveiling a semi-permanent exhibit on the 2nd floor of Cleveland Public Library's Main Library, which includes items from the library’s Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia. Mike Curtis, Arkansas native, comic aficionado, and writer for the syndicated comic strip Dick Tracy, spent more than forty years amassing an extensive Superman memorabilia collection which was donated to the library in 2016. The rotating exhibit features selections from the thousands of comics, posters, toys, packaging, clothing, photographs, and more, some dating back to 1939. New items will be revealed every six months.man License Plate

  • Collaborating with other nonprofit organizations to create interactive ways to celebrate the creation of Superman in Cleveland, including the Great Lakes Science Center, NASA, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Maltz Museum, and The Cleveland Public Library.

Public art has the power to enrich and inspire our communities. Our statue project tells the story of how two Cleveland teenagers created the very first comic book superhero - SUPERMAN!

Gary Kaplan-Siegel relative/President Siegel & Shuster Society

The creation of Superman by teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio in 1932 marked the inception of the comic book superhero genre. Despite facing numerous rejections from publishers, their perseverance paid off when Superman debuted in Action Comics No.1 in 1938. This seminal character laid the foundation for the superhero genre, inspiring the creation of iconic figures like Batman and Wonder Woman. Siegel and Shuster's contribution to popular culture is undeniable, and their legacy continues to resonate today.

In 2007, the Siegel & Shuster Society was established with the mission to honor the creators of Superman. Their nonprofit organization aims to commemorate the duo's achievement with a significant project: the construction of a stainless steel Superman statue 18 feet up, alongside bronze statues of Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Joanne Siegel, the original model for Lois Lane. Collaborating with nationally renowned sculptor David Deming, Cuyahoga County Council and The Siegel & Shuster Tribute Plaza Committee, the society is dedicated to bringing this vision to life, preserving the creators' legacy for future generations.

The Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster Tribute Plaza, set to be located in front of the expanded Convention Center in the heart of downtown Cleveland, will serve as a lasting homage to the creators of Superman. The dynamic composition of the statues, with Superman seemingly in flight above Jerry and Joanne, while Joe is depicted sketching Action Comics No. 1, captures the essence of their creative process and the iconic imagery of the superhero. This plaza will not only celebrate the origins of Superman but also enrich Cleveland's cultural landscape.

Superman stands as a symbol of hope and inspiration, recognized globally for his unwavering commitment to justice. The statue project aims to evoke these sentiments, instilling pride and optimism within the Cleveland community while attracting tourists to experience the birthplace of a legend. The dedication of the Siegel and Shuster Tribute Plaza mirrors the determination of its namesakes, emphasizing the enduring significance of Superman and the creators behind him.

Your support for this endeavor is greatly appreciated, as together, we honor a legacy that continues to inspire generations.
 

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