A Celebration of Superman’s Cleveland Roots, December 2, 2017 at Cleveland Public Library

Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton, the exhibit at Cleveland Public Library has been so popular that the run has been extended until March 31, 2018. Continuing the wonderful programming that celebrates Superman and his Cleveland legacy, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library presents two special programs on Saturday, December 2, 2017,

The first program, “Neverending Devotion to Superman,” a panel discussion, will begin at 11:30 a.m.  The second program, “My Mom Lois Lane,” an interview of a very special guest, will begin at 1:00 p.m.  Both events will take place in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, located at 525 Superior Avenue, and will be followed by a Q&A.

First, at 11:30 a. m.“Neverending Devotion to Superman” The panel discussion will feature Ron Dewey, the sculptor who won the 1988 Superman sculpture competition at the Neverending Battle Superman Celebration; Mike Olsewski, President of the Siegel and Shuster Society; and Chris Smith, Comics Collector and President of Lost Tribe Media, Inc. These Superman devotees will discuss the history of promoting the Man of Steel in Cleveland—both the successes and the setbacks—and their hopes for the future.

Next, at 1:00 p.m.: “My Mom Lois Lane” Superman history descends upon Cleveland in the form of an interview with Laura Siegel Larson, the daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Jolan Kovacs (Joanne Siegel), the real-life inspiration for Lois Lane. Cleveland State University Professor Samantha Baskind, Ph.D., will interview Siegel Larson in this special event, “My Mom Lois Lane,” to discuss Superman, the creation of the comic in Cleveland, and how Lois Lane was modeled after Kovacs. The interview will be followed by a “Lois Lane Birthday Party” in honor of Kovacs, who was born on December 1, 1917, and would have been 100 years old this year.

For more information, please call the Literature Department and the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library: 216-623-2881.