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Superman Was Born at Glenville High

September 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Dr. Dennis Dooley, co-author of Superman at Fifty: The Persistence of a Legend, will recount the story of his groundbreaking research on Joe Siegel and Jerry Shuster’s Glenville High School years (which originally appeared in the June 1973 issue of Cleveland Magazine under the title “The Man of Tomorrow and the Boys of Yesterday”). Dr. Dooley was arguably the first to identify the individual classmates who inspired the characters of Clark Kent and Lois Lane as well as several sources of inspiration for the character of Superman himself, including a parody of Tarzan of the Apes by the teenage Siegel published in the Glenville High School newspaper. His research was even acknowledged in a June 1988 TIME Magazine cover story. Join us for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Cleveland’s hometown superhero! Part of the Superman’s Cleveland: Lineage and Legacy series of events of the Ohio Center for the Book in collaboration with Ursuline College Rust Belt Humanities Lab. For full details, visit or

This event, and all events for Superman’s Cleveland, is funded in part by Ohio Humanities.

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Superman’s Cleveland

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Cleveland Public Library West Park Branch

3805 West 157th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44111 United States
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541 West Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Office: 614.461.7802