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Saving the House That Superman Was Born

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Postby GLX » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:03 am ... e&id=17907

How'd you like to earn yourself a walk-on part on an upcoming episode of "Heroes" or have a character named after you in a comic by Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker or Greg Rucka?

Oh and by the way, you get to save the house where Superman was created while you're at it.

In commemoration of Superman's 70th birthday, New York Times bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer and The Siegel & Shuster Society have teamed up to launch a star-studded, comic industry-fueled online auction to fund the restoration of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's boyhood home in Cleveland, Ohio.

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,

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."

A veritable who's who of comic royalty is participating including the aforementioned, as well as Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb and Geoff Johns (who donated a rare, original pre-"Superman" movie script signed by Richard Donner).

"I think sometimes people take things like this for granted because it started in cartoon form, but this is a house were modern mythology was created," said Bendis. "Mythology that will never die away or disappear. There is no difference, to me, between this house and Mark Twain's house. We have to honor and exalt such creation."

Stephen Colbert donated a VIP visit to his show and the family of Jerry Siegel was so moved by the event, they revealed the existence of six Superman t-shirts that Jerry Siegel signed before his death, and donated one of the six "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" autographed shirts to the auction.

"This is the house where a young man dreamed of a hero that could lift the spirits of a world in turmoil and give hope to the hopeless. He created a great American icon inside these walls. That young man was my father, writer Jerry Siegel, and I am thrilled that so many people are working together to honor him and preserve this very special place," said Laura Siegel Larson, daughter of Jerry Siegel and honorary co-chairperson.

"We are thrilled to have Brad Meltzer champion this cause and are so thankful to the generosity of those who have contributed to saving the house. It's a great tribute to Siegel & Shuster and the creativity of Superman," added Dick Pace, President of The Siegel & Shuster Society.

Meltzer shared that the auction is only the first phase of what the Siegel & Shuster Foundation have planned for the Siegel house.

"The first phase involves working on the exterior of the house, securing the roof, making sure the paint isn't rotting, doing the concrete work. That will hopefully protect the place from the outside. Joe Shuster's house, just a few blocks away, was in such disrepair, it was torn down. The first goal is to collect $50,000 to deal with the outside. If we do that, then we'll go and tackle the much-needed-repairs on the inside," said Meltzer.

The house is located in one of the tougher neighborhoods of Cleveland and is currently occupied by a couple who have lived there for approximately 20 years.

"They've put up with all of us who have come by visiting, but they don't have the money to do these repairs. Rather than kick anyone out on the street, the goal is to repair this place for them. Why? It's the right thing to do," said Meltzer. "In return, The Siegel & Shuster Society has the right to buy the house when it eventually goes up for sale."

Meltzer said the long-term goal is still being decided.

"And that's why you're invited to join The Siegel & Shuster Society and help us with those plans. Meetings are held monthly in Cleveland, when you buy a shirt, they'll have your name," explained Meltzer. "But one of the dreams is that one day, buses full of students will drive from all over Ohio, from Michigan, from any nearby state, and come to the fully-restored house - covered and decorated with children's artwork inside - and see where one of the world's greatest dreams was born."

Visit to bid and help make history.

To view a complete list of the auction items, visit this page.

Visitors can also donate money or purchase a Siegel & Shuster Society t-shirt designed by legendary graphic designer, Chip Kidd ("Final Crisis").

To see the house, watch this video:

The following artists and authors have donated items to help save the Siegel house:

Murphy Anderson
Chris Bachalo
Mike Bair
Allen Bellman
Brian Michael Bendis
Dan Brereton
Ed Brubaker
John Cassady
Ernie Chan
Travis Charest
Frank Cho
Ian Churchill
Stephen Colbert
Amanda Conner
Geoff Darrow
Richard Donner
Neil Gaiman
Ron Garney
Dave Gibbons
Renato Guedes
Gene Ha
Geoff Johns
Dave Johnson
Adam Kubert
Andy Kubert
Jim Lee
Jeph Loeb
Dave Mandel
Brad Meltzer
Mike Mignola
Rags Morales
Bill Morrison
Ivan Reis
John Romita Jr.
Jason Palmer
George Perez
Eric Powell
Joe Quesada
Greg Rucka
Alex Ross
Tim Sale
Jerry Siegel
Walt Simonson
Joe Staton
Michael Turner
Eric Wight
Judd Winick

In addition, there are two buttons you can download here and here that you can use to help promote this cause by linking to the auctions and Ordinary People Change The World.

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Postby MoneyMelon » Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:38 am

Seems kinda silly
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Postby misac » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:29 pm



Postby jza1218 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:34 pm

Cleveland dont know how to do shit


Postby jza1218 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:38 pm

Damn...Alex Ross artwork up for auction?

That's gonna sell huge
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rubber spoon

Postby zombiemichaeljackson » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:16 pm

I can honestly say that I don't even remotely give a crap about that house.
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Postby GLX » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:08 am

Over $40,000 raised. ... pdate.html
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Postby GLX » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:24 am ... date2.html

The fund to save the house where Jerry Siegel created Superman officially reached and surpassed its $50,000 goal this morning. Bids from the second week of auctions of original art and cool stuff reached $18,996.

Combined with last week’s auction total of $34,459, the auction has now raised $53,455 to restore the roof and exterior of the Cleveland house. As of this writing, there were still two items left to go: original art from Andy Kubert and an offer by Judd Winick to appear with his character Barry Ween.

Any additional money raised from this point will go to work on the interior of the house and an account for future repairs. The Cleveland-based Siegel and Shuster Society and Brad Meltzer’s charity,, came up with the idea to save the house which had fallen into disrepair.

The third week auction now underway includes work from Tim Sale, Geoff Darrow, Ron Garney, Joe Quesada, Frank Cho, Eric Powell, Richard Donner, Amanda Conner, Rags Morales, Alex Ross, J.H. Williams, Paul Dini, Matt Wagner, Felipe Masafera, David Lloyd, John Buscema, Tom Batiuk and Jim Mooney. Also up will be VIP tickets to the David Letterman and Stephen Colbert shows.

To view a complete list of the auction items, go to: http://www.ordinarypeoplechangethewo...y-auction.aspx

In the auction that just closed, the Curt Swan piece was clearly the winner with a $7,600 bid. Way to go Mark Waid for parting with this treasured piece of original art depicting the Legion of Super-Heroes in its prime.

The bargains of the week included J.H. Williams original art for the variant cover of Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D for $851 and Dave Johnson‘s sketch from Superman: Red Son, which sold for $510. Also, the very cool original Joe Staton piece of Superman and various Green Lanterns (including G’nort) and the Siegel house itself, for a mere $255.

Give yourselves a hand.


Gene Ha’s original piece, a “Golden Age” Superman from the cover of Action Comics #44 -- $1,814.

Jimmy Palmiotti, be a character in Painkiller Jane - $898.

Ed Brubaker, be the villain in the next Brubaker creator-owned series -$910.

J.H. Williams - Original art for the variant cover of Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D - $851.

Curt Swan - From Mark Waid's private art collection, the original Curt Swan penciled-and-inked cover to Legion of Super-Heroes Index #2 and features the entire 1960s Legion - $7,600.

Dave Johnson- Pin-up sketch of Superman from the Elseworld story, Red Son, showcasing, “the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact” - $510

Danny Fingeroth - Autographed copies of Fingeroth’s books, Disguised as Clark Kent and Superman on the Couch - $91.

Ivan Reis - A three panel page of original art depicts Clark Kent transforming into the Man of Steel, used in the movie Superman Returns - $709.

Joe Staton - Another original piece of art for this auction. It shows Superman and various members of the Green Lantern Corps in space with the actual Siegel house floating nearby - $255.

Brad Meltzer - Winner names a character in the next Meltzer novel - $3,000.

Bill Morrison - Superman and Lois sketch by Simpsons artist -$362.

John Romita Jr. - Spider-Man and Hulk original artwork. - $1,275.

John Cassidy - Original pencil Superman sketch - $721.

Next week is the wrap up with some great stuff including a walk-on role on Heroes and an extremely rare, signed t-shirt by Jerry Siegel donated by his widow, Joanne Siegel.
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Postby GLX » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:14 am ... ction.html

Take a bow.

The comics community did in four weeks what the city of Cleveland did never did: preserve the house where Superman was created.

The Internet auction of original art to save the childhood home of Superman creator Jerry Siegel masterminded by novelist/comic writer Brad Meltzer ended early this morning with sales of $40,009 for a grand total of $110,772.

Add in another $2,750 profit from those really cool Chip Kidd “Siegel and Shuster Society” t-shirts and $3,700 from donations at the end of week three and boost the total to $117,222. That figure will go up in coming weeks as more t-shirts are sold. (C’mon, be the first kid on your block to have one.)

The big ticket item in the entire auction was a walk-on part on the television show "Heroes," which went for a whopping $14,100.

The Next highest auction item was $14,101 for a commissioned piece by artist Jim Lee, which will depict Superman and the auction winner.

Even more impressive is that both items were won by the same guy. We hope to talk with him later on today.

Other “biggies” include:

- Curt Swan‘s gorgeous original art depiction of the Legion of Superheroes, from Mark Waid’s private collection, sold for $7,600.
- Artist Frank Cho’s very robust "Supergirl" sold for $7,500.
- Travis Charest’s stunning Superman drawing sold for $7,877.
- Fellow Clevelander Brian Bendis’ offer to feature the winner on an upcoming cover of “Powers,” scored $5,850.

Here’s a complete list of the winning bids for week 4:
Heroes walk-on role - $14,100.
Walt Simonson, original Superman art - $8,200.
Mark Millar, naming rights to War Heroes - $5,600.
Mike Mignola original drawing of Hellboy wearing a Superman t-shirt - $4,550.
George Perez art of Captain America versus Batman - $1,125.
Jason Palmer, original Superman painting - $860.
Jerry Siegel signed Superman t-shirt - $610.
Michael Turner’s Superman print signed by comic industry greats - $560.
Steve Stanley’s original painting of Superman: The Movie -$543.
Bob Greenberger, naming rights to his upcoming 2009 novel, Iron Man 2 - $512.
Rags Morales drawing of Superman - $510.
Tom Mankiewicz and Richard Donner signed Superman movie scripts - $480.
Chris Bachalo, original Wolverine drawing - $412.
Christopher Reeve as Superman painting - $320.
Geoff Johns signed Superman movie script - $305.
Murphy Anderson, Silver Age Superman drawing - $302 (this week’s kick-myself-for-not-bidding for)
Ivan Reis, original Superman art - $283.
Renato Guedes, original art for splash page from Superman #677 - $222.
Eric Wright, original Superman drawing - $162.
Superman original art by Shane Davis used to create action figure - $124.
Chip Sansom, original Born Loser art - $105.
Kevin Anderson signed original manuscript of his novel Last Son of Krypton - $103.
Photo of Christopher Reeve with Noel Neill (on oversized canvas) - $21.
Adam Kubert, original Superman art - bidding not over at this writing.

For more, go to and see for yourself. And be sure to check out Meltzer’s video about the Siegel house. (I‘m the first guy on the video to say “I am Superman” followed by several members of Cleveland’s Siegel and Shuster Society.)

That Meltzer is a smart guy.

Early on, the Siegel and Shuster Society was trying to figure out ways to raise money to save the house when Meltzer offered to flip open his Rolodex and get the biggest names in the comic industry to contribute something rare of their own.

When he was told that $50,000 would be needed to just fix the roof and siding to prevent further deterioration, he puffed, or was it tutted?

“We’ll raise that easy,” he said. “Comic people are amazingly generous.”

He was right about that. More than twice the amount needed was raised. The rest will be used for other repairs in the house, which is home to Jefferson and Hattie Gray. The Grays agreed to give the Siegel and Shuster Society first rights to buy the house when they decide to sell.

There was some discussion early on about the advisability of spending so much money to fix up a house that is owned by someone else. But as Brad’s video on the ordinary people website clearly shows, not fixing the house would likely mean that it might soon be damaged beyond repair.

Then another piece of history would be lost.

Besides, if the Siegel and Shuster Society, which actually includes relatives of Jerry and Joe, was able to buy the house it opened up a lot of problems. The society would have to employ 24-hour security guards to protect the house which would likely be burglarized like other houses in that section of Cleveland.

For the past 20 years, the Grays have done a nice job of protecting the house.

Anyway, fixing up the house for others is just such a wonderful, Superman-like thing to do.

Meltzer also wanted to include his writer buddies in the auction, not just artists.

First he thought of auctioning off “lunch with...” but then he came up with auctioning off naming rights to various characters, some he and other novelists do to raise money for charity.

Finally, this past weekend more than 100 volunteers showed up at 10622 Kimberly Avenue in the Glenville neighborhood of Cleveland. They cleaned up, fixed up and painted up the other houses on the block, which will soon be renamed “Jerry Siegel Lane.” Amor Avenue, where Shuster grew up, will be renamed “Joe Shuster Lane.”

Volunteers came from as far away as Bay City and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The work will pay off in the spring when hundreds of red, blue and yellow flowers will bloom in front of the houses.

Not bad at all.

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