Recognizing Superman’s 75th Birthday

“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a Single Bound!

2013 marks the 75th Birthday of Superman with his first appearance on April 18, 1938. The work of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two Glenville, Ohio natives from Kimberly Avenue who created the beloved worldwide cultural icon, the Man of Steel, is being recognized in Cleveland by Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the front steps of Cleveland City Hall.

2013 marks the 75th Birthday of Superman with his first appearance on April 18, 1938. The work of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two Glenville, Ohio natives from Kimberly Avenue who created the beloved worldwide cultural icon, the Man of Steel, is being recognized in Cleveland by Mayor Frank G. Jackson on the front steps of Cleveland City Hall.

Mayor Jackson gave brief remarks and presented a Proclamation of Recognition to Mike Olszewski, President of the Siegal and Schuster Society and to daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel as he declared Thursday “Superman Day” in the city to recognize Superman’s 75th Birthday.

With the help of the City of Cleveland’s social media tools – Facebook, Twitter and it’s new blog, Straight from City Hall – Superman fans showed up for this special day of celebration and appreciation. Some of the fans in attendance were even dressed up as the action packed superhero.

The Siegel and Shuster Society raised $50,000 to bring the international icon back to where he originated and to help make the exhibit at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport last year happen. The Superman Welcoming Center at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport features wall panels which explain the origins of Superman’s character as well as a “larger-than-life” statue of the hero himself for visitors to photograph themselves standing next to it.

This summer Superman’s action packed adventures will continue with the movie filming in Cleveland. The new movie “Man of Steel” starring Henry Cavill, is scheduled to debut on June 14 with a special showing that night at the Capitol Theater, 1390 West 65th Street in Cleveland.

“The Man of Steel in a steel town, the strength that he had, that’s all part of what Cleveland is,”. “We’re a tough community that has overcome many challenges and obstacles, and Superman is a good representative model of Cleveland.” – Mayor Frank G. Jackson

 

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

One thought on “Recognizing Superman’s 75th Birthday

  1. what is your source for April 18th as the specific date in question? it would be helpful to cite such, as most of the publication- or newsstand-dates of even Silver Age comics are so obscure as to have been lost to time.

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