It’s a bird… it’s a plane.. it’s Superman… and he’s a Cleveland Browns fan. One of his lesser known superpowers is the ability to watch the lack of on-field talent and questionable play calling year after year and even after multiple instances of disappointment can still unconditionally support the team. How else do you explain this phenomenon? It’s true, Jerry Siegel, the creator of the comic, is from the Cleveland neighborhood of Glenville. One night in 1934, Siegel looked up at the dark sky and stars wondering what it would be like to fly and at that moment the concept of Superman was born. The next morning Jerry ran over to a high school friend’s, Joe Shuster, a fellow comic book fan and illustrator. The duo would write comic strips in between completing their homework at Glenville High School. While the initial reception of the comic was not met with overwhelming praise, over time it grew to be one of the most successful comic franchises of all time. It’s also appropriate that the birthplace of the “Man of Steel” is a metropolis once nicknamed “Steel City”.
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