House: Patmon reintroducing 'Superman' license plate bill

2:45 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- State Rep. Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) is reintroducing the Superman specialty license plate bill in the Ohio House.

This legislation, after having unanimously passed through the Ohio House of Representatives, stalled in the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee in the 129th General Assembly.

"Superman is an important part of Cleveland's, Ohio's, and America's history," Patmon said. "I'm looking forward to making these plates an option in time for Superman's 75th Anniversary later this year."

The legislation provides citizens of Ohio the option to acknowledge a hero whose roots began in Cleveland and spread throughout the world.

The license plates will commemorate Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the two men responsible for creating the character of Superman in comic books.

Writer Jerry Siegel created Superman while living in a small house in Glenville, a Cleveland neighborhood.

These humble beginnings were the premise of something much larger: the world's most famous superhero and the only one created in Ohio.

Superman entered fame upon publication in 1938 and became a monumental example of the "can-do" mentality in the time of great transition in our nation's history.

Superman's roots are deep within the culture of both Ohio and the United States, having been created by two young Jewish-American men shortly before America's involvement in WWII.

Patmon said the license plates will be inscribed with a saying and marked with a design selected by the entity that owns Superman's name. The license plates will also bear county identification stickers.


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