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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Looks Like I'll Have To Go To Cleveland...

Above, the prototype of the proposed statue of Superman. Photo by Lisa DeJong/The Plain Dealer.

It has been announced that a new statue of the Man of Steel to honor the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster will be erected in Cleveland, Ohio, their hometown.

Cleveland.com reported:
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Looks like Cleveland will be getting a Superman statue -- finally. 
A larger-than-life statue of a flying Superman is on track to be erected near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as part of the elevated walkway that will connect downtown Cleveland to the lakefront. 
The statue will be about five miles from the Glenville neighborhood where Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman in the early 1930s.

Richard Pace, of Cumberland Development who is co-developing 20 acres of city-owned land at North Coast Harbor with Trammell Crow Co. of Dallas, said the burnished steel statue of Superman is long overdue.
According to the article, statues of Siegel and Shuster, along with a statue of Joanne Siegel (Mrs. Jerry Siegel) who was the model for Lois Lane, will be looking up at Superman.

Above, Joanne Siegel with Paul Levitz of DC Comics in 2001. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Thankfully, Joanne Siegel was made aware of the planned statue before her death.
Jerry Siegel's daughter, Laura Siegel of Los Angeles, got a peek at the Superman statue prototype several years ago. She showed pictures to her mother shortly before her death.

"She was delighted and it brought tears to her eyes that her long-held wish of a statue in Cleveland honoring Superman and his creators was going to become a reality," Laura said of her mother. "She was deeply touched and honored that her likeness will be included."

Above, Laura Siegel Larson last summer in Studio City. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Looks like I'll have to go to Cleveland for the dedication ceremonies when the time comes.

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