And yeah, I was a fan of Superman.
Flash forward 30 years later, and the fanboy is still a fan, though no longer a boy.
Superman was created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, a couple of guys who had no idea at the time, that they created one of the most iconic characters in history.
Sadly, they never got to see the fruits of their labors (they lost battles to keep the copyright of the character for 30 years) until the twilight of their lives.
Folks may hear the name Shuster and Siegel and never bat an eye. Mention Superman, and they know exactly who you're talking about. A sad fact but at the very least the creators can take some solace in leaving a kryptonian footprint on the face of this little planet.
And fortunately those who want to embark on a voyage into history can take it upon themselves to go visit Jerry Siegel's house (since Joe Shuster's house was demolished), and soak in a little piece of Americana.
Of course you'll be appalled to find that what you're more likely soaking in is rain water coming from the missing roof since the house has fallen into disarray. You'll see a house painted red and blue (seriously), owned by a very sweet old couple. And walking in, you'll be able to see the missing ceiling, cracked walls, missing sheet rock... Well words don't do it justice...
For shame Cleveland.
The folks over at Ordinary People Change The World are trying to rectify this situation. Brad Meltzer and Mike San Giacomo are spearheading the Siegel and Shuster Society in order to try to raise money to restore and save the Siegel house. The house where Superman was created.
So if you can, please, bid, buy, or donate to the Siegel and Shuster Society. It's the very least we can do for the guys who gave us the greatest Superhero of all time.