In filmdom, Superman grew up in Kansas. In reality, he was born in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood as the brainchild of two shy Depression-era high school kids.
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster bonded over their love of sci-fi and comics and created “The Superman” who possessed every trait of an epic hero. Siegel gave him an alter-ego and backstory, Shuster drew a few weeks’ worth of cartoons and in 1938, DC Comics paid them $130 for the rights.
Joe’s and Jerry’s homes still stand in Glenville. Perhaps you’ve even been greeted by the permanent Superman display at Cleveland Hopkins’ baggage claim.