Superman wasn’t born on Krypton. He was born in Cleveland. More precisely he was born at 10622 Kimberly Ave. in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood.
So were Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Siegel was a fan of movies, comic strips, and science fiction pulp magazines. He became active in what would become known as fandom, corresponding with other science fiction fans. In 1929, Siegel published what might have been the first SF fanzine, Cosmic Stories, which he produced with a manual typewriter and advertised in the classified section of Science Wonder Stories.
The house where Jerry Siegel created Superman
While attending Glenville High School in Cleveland in early 1933, Jerry Siegel wrote a short story, illustrated by his friend and classmate Joe Shuster, titled “The Reign of the Superman”, which Siegel self-published in his fanzine, Science Fiction #3. Originally Superman was a villain but in June 1933 Siegel developed a new character, also named Superman, but now a heroic character.
This was a journalist named Clark Kent who pretended to be meek and mild-mannered but was secretly the mighty Superman. He was enamored with Lois Lane, but she scorned Clark Kent and was attracted to Superman, not knowing that Kent and Superman were the same person.
“This is the house where Superman was born,” reads the sign hanging on the fence in front of 10622 Kimberly Ave. It’s a private home.
The apartment house where the Shuster family lived is now a vacant lot, but the fence around it has been hung with 2×3-foot metal panels that reproduce the cover and first 13 pages of Action Comics #1, the first Superman story, which was published on April 18, 1938.
See more on Superman and Cleveland
See lots of interesting photos, facts and stories at Cleveland101.com
Top of Page
Back to the Cleveland Page