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  • Plaque in Glenville honoring Superman creators stolen

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Where's Superman when you need him?

    The plaque honoring Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster was stolen from a post on St. Clair Avenue near East 105th Street.

    Tracey Kirksey, executive director of the Glenville Development Corporation, told police the memorial plaque was stolen two weeks ago. Thieves, perhaps believing the aluminum plaque was bronze because of its coloring, used a hacksaw to cut the large plaque off the pole.

    The city put up the plaque in 2003, the 65th anniversary of the release of "Action Comics" No. 1, the first appearance of Superman. The plaque tells how the two poor Jewish Glenville High School students beat the odds to create perhaps the most recognizable fictional character in the world.

    Kirksey said the plaque will be replaced and this time Jerry Siegel's name, which was misspelled on one side of the plaque, will be correct.

    The nearby house on Kimberley Avenue where Siegel and Shuster wrote and drew the original Superman stories, was refurbished in 2008. Two larger memorial plaques, created by the Siegel and Shuster Society, are on a decorative metal fence in front of the modest home.

    This would never have happened if it was a Batman plaque
    Look sharp, act sharp, be sharp.

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