Ohio may declare June 12 Superman Day

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Superman may literally get his day in Ohio — June 12 would be designed “Superman Day” if pending legislation becomes law.

House Bill 135, sponsored by state Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, is scheduled for a vote in the State and Local Government Committee this week.

Related: 75 Years of Superman

The bill gives recognition to the comic book action hero created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933 and first published in 1938. Siegel and Shuster each grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Cleveland. Siegel came up with the idea and Shuster’s sketches brought Superman to life.

The Man of Steel, who stands for Truth, Justice and the American Way, is also being honored with an exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library. Superman: from Cleveland to Krypton, which opened this month and runs through December, features artifacts, memorabilia and art on loan from prominent collectors.

According to the library exhibit: “After struggling to promote Superman for several years, Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to DC Comics in 1938 for $130, an amount that would be equivalent to just over $2,000 in 2017.”

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