Happy 75th Birthday Superman: Cleveland’s Home-Grown Superhero!

Everyone knows he is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap a tall building in a single bound, but did you know that the Man of Steel is one of Cleveland’s own? It’s true!

Creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster grew up during the Great Depression. Jerry, a native Clevelander met Joe at Glenville High School in 1930. The pair of misfits hit if off and in 1934 they created Superman, a new kind of hero. While the other heroes of the day were regular humans in strange places (Tarzan, Buck Rogers), Superman was a stranger among regular people. He even had an unassuming secret identity for those times that he needed a break. In 1938 the pair sold Superman to Action Comics for $130. When his story debuted in June 1938, Superman was an instant success. He was just the hero that people needed as they struggled out of the Depression and into a new war.

And now, 75 years later he is also the star of this year’s local Free Comic Book Day celebrations. Check out this commemorative cover-it’s a custom-made Cleveland Edition! You can pick up one of these beauties here at Rocky River Public Library on Saturday, May 4! We will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day all day (or until we run out of comics!)


Look at this gorgeous Superman poster:


We have a couple of these posters and some beautiful books to give away as well, thanks to the great folks over at Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop.

The library also has plenty of Superman books, movies, and comics for fans of all ages. For more information about Superman, his creators, and his role throughout modern history try one of these:

boys of steel superman kkk superman high flying

You can find The Boys of Steel by March Tyler Nobleman in the Children’s Department. Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan is a Teen nonfiction and Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero by Larry Tye is a new addition to our adult nonfiction collection.

Oh yeah, that tall building he can leap in a single bound? It’s our very own Terminal Tower. Watch the Cleveland skyline beginning in June because that tall building will be lit up red, blue, and gold in honor of our hometown superhero.


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