I started watching Rocky Balboa again tonight. I love Sylvester Stallone’s films, and he’s created two of pop culture’s heroes in the Italian Stallion and Rambo. Especially with Rocky, there is so much that the general public remember – the theme music, “Yo Adrian!”, meat punching, running up steps, etc. And to top it all of he got his own statue in Philadelphia.
And all that is fantastic. Really. But what isn’t is that Superman’s creators are largely forgotten. The only comic creator that the general public really know is Stan Lee, and that’s OK. But even the Marvel man himself submits to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s timeless creation. Superman debuted in 1938 in Action Comics #1 and immediately took the world by storm, and virtually created the comic book industry. His place on the landmark of fictional story telling can not be denied. Unfortunately his real life origins can be.
Novelist/comics scribe Brad Meltzer recently visited the Cleveland house in which Superman was born and was shocked by what he saw. From the article at CBR:
While conducting extensive research for his latest novel, “The Book of Lies,” (in stores today), Meltzer visited Siegel’s boyhood home, where Superman – one of the world’s most recognized heroes – was created.
Much to his dismay, the house was in extreme disrepair.
Immediately, he knew he had to do something to honor the legend.
So he called up a few of his friends (and when you are Brad Meltzer, you have some pretty cool friends) and started collecting one-of-a-kind art and memorabilia, which is available now for bidding on his new philanthropic website, www.OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com.
The auction runs through 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2008.
“When I saw that the house where Superman was created was in disrepair, it just seemed wrong. The house where Google was created is saved. The farm where Hewlett Packard was founded is preserved. The Superman house deserves the same respect,” explained Meltzer.
“We’ve always relied on Superman to be there when we needed him. This is our chance to be there for him.”
This is a fantastic idea and it’s awesome that fans and professionals of the comics industry can recognise a need and do something about it.