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Save Superman’s Home

Posted by Luke Brown On September - 2 - 2008

As I made the rounds on the web this morning, I found this story over and over again. Author Brad Meltzer and the rest of the comic industry are taking a stand to have the home where Superman was created preserved for future generations to enjoy. As of right now, the home is in a state of disrepair, and the only people who can help save this home are you and me. Hit the jump for more on the Siegel and Shuster Society, and how you can help save one of the most historically important homes in America.

Brad also had this to say:

The house where Google was created is saved.  The farm where Hewlett Packard was founded is preserved.  And Richard Nixon’s house is a museum.  But the house where Superman — one of the world’s most recognized heroes — was created?  It’s a wreck.  It’s actually a great old house — painted bright red and blue (really) — and owned by one of the kindest elderly couples in the world.  But as the neighborhood sank, so did the house.  When you walk inside, you feel like your foot might go through the floor.  The roof is flawed.  The paint is a mess.  When you look up at the ceiling, you see the exposed rafters overhead.  It’s a mess.  Worst of all, the city of Cleveland let it happen.  As the owner told me, “They won’t even give us a plaque.  Not even a plaque to say, ‘This is where Superman was created.’”

The shame of it is, it took so long for anyone to find out this had been going on. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to do anything about it. Right now, you can visit and start helping to make a difference. There’s a ton of auction pieces going ranging from appearing in an issue of Brian Bendis’ Powers, or having Jim Lee draw a one-of-a-kind illustration of you and Superman. They’re even offering a walk-on role for an episode of Heroes. Of course, if you’re like me, those items are a bit out of my donation range. That’s not going to stop me from helping out. I’ll be picking up one of the t-shirts they created with the help of Chip Kidd. All the proceeds go to the Siegel and Shuster Society, and every little bit can help get this home back into the shape it deserves.

It’s up to us to help make the difference.

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