June 2013

Cleveland is the Home of Superman, it was here that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the iconic superhero character that has become a cultural phenomenon.

Siegel and Shuster met in high school, where they both worked on the Glennville Torch newspaper, edited by Miss Lois Amster, a fellow student who would later inspire the character of Lois Lane. Joe and his family had immigrated from Toronto, Canada, and settled in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland, Shuster would later improve his natural artistic skills at the Cleveland Art School.

Meanwhile, Siegel was busy creating fanzines and developing his writing style. Living with his older parents, he was the youngest of six brothers. After brutal death of his father, Jerry felt the need to express his loss and loneliness of being an outsider. His strong sense of moral justice and fairness would later influence the creation of Superman.

The Great Depression had a significant impact on Cleveland economy and on the creation of Superman. Siegel and Shuster were looking for a way to escape the harsh realities of the world and create a character who could fight for justice and right wrongs. They were also looking for a way to make a living in the tough economic times. In 1933, Siegel wrote the first Superman story, and Shuster provided the artwork. They worked tirelessly to develop the character, finally selling the rights to National Period Publications, which would later become DC Comics.

The character was an immediate success, capturing the imaginations of readers across the country. He represented the values of truth, justice, and the American way, and he quickly became a cultural icon. Siegel and Shuster continued to work on Superman throughout their careers, creating new storylines, villains, and supporting characters.

More recently Cleveland has publicly embraced its connection to Superman, and there are many nods to the character throughout the city.

Joe shuster house

jerry siegel house


"We looked out the window and saw the skyline of Cleveland. We visualized Superman leaping from building to building... and on to the Terminal Tower, where he would change to Clark Kent." - Jerry Siegel, 1949

"The Terminal Tower was my symbol of Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
I visualized the Tower as a lonely, abandoned structure, isolated and dark, rising up out of the flat, barren wasteland, stark against the sky like a great lighthouse beaconing Superman to his citadel of solitude."
- Jerry Siegel, unknown date

"On to Cleveland, where we looked up at the Terminal Tower and knew that we had found the inspiration for Superman's headquarters."
- Jerry Siegel, 1983

Glenville neighborhood

The Glenville neighborhood is located in the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. It has a rich history that dates back to the 1930s. During this time, Glenville was a vibrant and thriving community with a diverse population. African Americans, Jewish immigrants, and other ethnic groups lived together in relative harmony, creating a unique cultural melting pot.The neighborhood was known for its lively entertainment scene, with jazz clubs, theaters, and dance halls attracting people from all over the city.