Author: Boyhood home of Superman's creator will be saved

11:38 AM, Sep 17, 2008   |    comments
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An online auction of comic book art and items, started by author Brad Meltzer and sponsored through The Siegel & Shuster Society based in Cleveland, has raised enough money already since its eBay launch Sept. 2 to repair the home, according to Meltzer's Web site.

Joe Shuster was Siegel's co-creator of the Man of Steel.

As of Tuesday, the first two of four scheduled auctions has raised $53,455.

The house on Kimberly Avenue in Cleveland badly needed its roof replaced and its exterior rehabilitated.

Since the $50,000 goal was already exceeded, the additional money raised will pay for work on the interior of the home.

Meltzer started the idea on his Ordinary People Change the World Web site. While researching his new novel, "The Book of Lies," Meltzer visited Siegel's boyhood home.

He found the home in grave disrepair.

As Meltzer says on his Web site, "The house where Google was founded is preserved. The garage where Hewlett Packard was founded is protected. But the house where Superman was born? I was in shock."

After contacting dozens of comic book creators -- and thanks to the hard work of many in the city of Cleveland -- The Siegel & Shuster Society was created and is dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the creation of Superman in Cleveland by Siegel and Shuster, Meltzer's site reports.

Siegel and Shuster are featured prominently in the Maltz exhibit.

The creators of the original superheroes were predominantly Jewish, as were the comic book publishers of the 1938-1950 era.

While most were from New York City, Siegel and Shuster were from Cleveland and attended Glenville High School.


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