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February 17, 2015
Superman Unwelcome in Cleveland? Not Really

Could it be that Superman isn’t welcome in Cleveland, the city where he was created in 1933? Not really, but the relational point in the controversy over a possible Superman statue on Cleveland’s lakefront is be careful what you propose. 

The mocked-up statue by academician and sculptor David Deming just doesn’t look like Superman. And if they could talk, the three life-sized figures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the superhero’s creators, and Joanne Siegel, Siegel’s wife and a model for Lois Lane, that would be included at the base of the statue would likely agree. 

The superhero’s combed-back hair looks like a creased, ill-fitting helmet (that’s us speaking), and Steven Litt, the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s art and architecture writer, finds lots more that’s off-kilter about the proposed rendering. Check it out for yourselves.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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