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A permanent exhibit will open Oct. 11 at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport honoring Superman and his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who dreamed up the superhero as teenagers living in the city’s Glenville neighborhood.
The project was spearheaded by the Siegel & Shuster Society, which raised about $50,000 through donations by fans to allow the idea to take flight. Cleveland City Council approved the proposal in January.
Designed by Studio Graphique, the exhibit will be installed in an open room across from the baggage carousels. Apparently learning a lesson from the snag it encountered with the proposed Superman license plate, the Siegel & Shuster Society has changed the mural’s greeting from “Welcome to Cleveland — Birthplace of … Superman” to “Welcome to Cleveland — Where the Legend Began” (with the license plates, DC Comics and Warner Bros. insisted that Superman’s “birthplace” is Krypton, not Cleveland). There also will be a larger-than-life statue of Superman, intended as a spot for tourist photos.
“We want the phrase, ‘Meet me at Superman,’ to become a common saying at the airport,” Siegel & Shuster Society President Michael Olszewski tells the Plain Dealer.
The Oct. 11 dedication ceremony will include comments by Siegel’s daughter Laura Siegel Larson and Mayor Frank Jackson, as well as performance by the rhythm section of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. And yes, the musicians will be playing John Williams’ theme from from Superman: The Movie.