Did you know that the creators of Superman were Cleveland natives? The local Siegel and Shuster Society wants all natives and visitors to the Sixth City to be aware of Cleveland’s status as Superman’s home turf, along with Krypton, Smallville, and Metropolis; to this end, the Society created a Superman exhibit at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport with information and images of the Man of Steel.
Located on the baggage claim level, a 7-foot-tall statue of Supes greets airport guests as they head out toward parking and cabs. The exhibit was unveiled in October 2012 and features art, lore-filled bubbles, and images of the Cleveland skyline and city center. With the majority of Cleveland airport visitors using the baggage claim, the Siegel and Shuster Society expect the exhibit to become well-known and popular, providing information about both Superman and his creators. It’s possible that Ohio visitors might be inspired by Supes to visit the prestigious Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum in Columbus as well.
Collecting my luggage at CLE this past Sunday was the first time I’d seen the new Superman exhibit in the flesh. As a freshly-minted Clevelandite and comics fan, I’m proud of my new city’s comics heritage and ongoing support of local creators, and I enjoyed seeing Superman welcoming me home. For more information about the exhibit, Superman’s history, and his creators, check out the Siegel and Shuster Society website.