Saving the house where Superman was born
September 2, 2008

The newly formed Siegel & Shuster Society is taking action on saving the house where the 17 year old Jerry Siegel created Superman.   You can find out about their mission from the excerpt from writer Brad Meltzer, as well as the youtube video below.


Saving the house where Superman was born

By Brad Meltzer

For the past two years, while researching Jerry Siegel’s life for my new novel, I asked my friend Mike San Giacomo to take me to the actual house in Cleveland where Superman was created.  I wanted to see the exact spot where young Jerry Siegel sat in his bed on that rainy summer night…where a seventeen(!) year old kid stared at his bedroom ceiling and gave birth to the idea of Superman.  

And so we went.  (You can read that whole adventure here and watch the video here).

But the one thing I quickly realized was that this house was in…well…it was in bad shape.  

The house where Google was created is saved.  The farm where Hewlett Packard was founded is preserved.  And Richard Nixon’s house is a museum.  But the house where Superman — one of the world’s most recognized heroes — was created?  It’s a wreck.  It’s actually a great old house — painted bright red and blue (really) — and owned by one of the kindest elderly couples in the world.  But as the neighborhood sank, so did the house.  When you walk inside, you feel like your foot might go through the floor.  The roof is flawed.  The paint is a mess.  When you look up at the ceiling, you see the exposed rafters overhead.  It’s a mess.  Worst of all, the city of Cleveland let it happen.  As the owner told me, “They won’t even give us a plaque.  Not even a plaque to say, ‘This is where Superman was created.’”  


Just heartbreaking.



 You can find out how you can get involved at:

You can find all of the one of a kind auction pieces here

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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