Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton - An Exhibit
May 6, 2017 - March 31, 2018
Follow Superman's journey from his creative birth in Cleveland to his growing international popularity, his connection to social justice issues, his influence on the current superhero craze, and the pride our community maintains for its homegrown superhero.
Three floors of exhibits in the Main Library will feature memorabilia, art and artifacts from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors.
After seeing tweets by @Cleveland_PL and @ClevePubLibFdn about all the excitement happening at the Cleveland Public Library, I toured the Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton - An Exhibit (#SupermanAtCPL) the day it opened on May 6, 2017. At that time, the exhibit was scheduled to be open until the end of 2017, but due to the large interest the exhibit, the date was extended to March 31, 2018.
When the closing day for Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton - An Exhibit came on March 31, 2018, I knew that I had to take my family for a final visit, and write this blog post to say how impressed I was with this exhibit. The exhibit not only told the history of Superman's creators, but did an excellent job of showing the Cleveland connection and how Superman led to the creation of other superhero characters.
In addition to attending the opening, I also visited this outstanding Superman Exhibit during the library's fifth annual Mini Maker Faire. Read all about these visits in these blog posts:
Blog Date: May 17, 2017 - Fun Day! From The Flats to Uptown and Beyond!
"Early Afternoon: Downtown Cleveland - Cleveland Public Library's "Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton - An Exhibit" Opening!"
Blog Date: November 8, 2017 - Maximum Fun at Mini Maker Faire 2017 - Cleveland's 5th Annual!
The library's web page about the Superman exhibit included some great photos and a very interesting Superman Q&A. I have attached the content of the Superman exhibit web page here as a PDF file for future reference.
Here are the photos from my visit the final day, followed by Tweets about the Superman Exhibit, and my tweets/retweets from the final week. It really was incredible how this very professional Superman Exhibit was made available for visitors to see for free, and it also points to the need for a permanent Superman Exhibit in Cleveland.
March 31, 2018 - Photographs
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Superman Exhibit - #SupermanAtCPL Tweets - May 2017 through February 2018
Here is a sampling of the tweets about the Superman Exhibit (#SupermanAtCPL) exhibit, that I saw online after I attended on the opening day. I kept them, since they give a good overview of the exhibit and provide links to articles and a video about the exhibit.
.@feltonian I enjoyed @Cleveland_PL #SupermanAtCPL. Impressive!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 9, 2017
I'll visit again to see more of #Superman exhibit!https://t.co/uAR18lfKI6 pic.twitter.com/NX3fIgmmNP
*While crossing fingers* Please, please, please, please! #Superman #SupermanAtCPL https://t.co/dLBTnjg2Pl— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) May 11, 2017
At lunch with family, I recommend to my son & his wife to go to #Superman exhibit at @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL https://t.co/ZHm7Oywm2B— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2017
See this painting up close at the Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton exhibit in Main Library. #SupermanAtCPL https://t.co/ekvhKU9mof— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) May 13, 2017
Thanks @NASAglenn for this 3D printed version of #Superman's capsule! Visit @techcentral_cpl for a closer look. #SupermanAtCPL #MakerMonday pic.twitter.com/GTjAPxfwp6— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) May 15, 2017
The Superman exhibit @Cleveland_PL is super fantastic! We also me the nicest man in Metropolis- Mr. Spencer! pic.twitter.com/ArcLNBrplb— Angela Oster (@osterjoy) May 23, 2017
Don't tell anyone, but the phone booth in the exhibit hall is where he changes into his super hero costume #FakeNews #SupermanAtCPL— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) May 23, 2017
Be ready for the Krypto Look-Alike Contest (8/26). Stay tuned to https://t.co/XS7OU40HrE for details. #CPLKrypto #SupermanAtCPL ¸— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) May 31, 2017
Hey, Clevelanders: You need a Superman leg lamp! Stop by our gift shop, M-F 11am-4pm, Main Library, E6th & Superior. #SupermanAtCPL #CLE pic.twitter.com/7eU1an6lKd— Cleveland Public Library Foundation (@ClevePubLibFdn) June 8, 2017
The @Cleveland_PL staff love the Superman leg lamp! Get yours at our gift shop in the Main Library. https://t.co/bXym2tQZeG #SupermanAtCPL pic.twitter.com/wS8Y5zxXtd— Cleveland Public Library Foundation (@ClevePubLibFdn) June 20, 2017
Do you go to #WalnutWednesday? Afterwards stop by the Main Library for the #SupermanAtCPL exhibit and some breath mints in our gift shop. pic.twitter.com/Q9eCRqPmdD— Cleveland Public Library Foundation (@ClevePubLibFdn) June 21, 2017
Hey #Superman fans! Guess whose typewriter is on display at Main Library? You'll have to read the rest when you visit #SupermanAtCPL. pic.twitter.com/aSrc8iIsw0— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) June 29, 2017
Love from @CLEVolunteers about the Superman exhibit at the Main Library downtown. Thank you! https://t.co/SdVQrIttD3— Friends of CPL (@FriendsCPL) July 26, 2017
Mark your calendars for Sat 8/19. Great Lakes Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society talk super heroes and comics. #SupermanAtCPL— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) July 31, 2017
Summer is winding down, spend time with the family exploring Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton at Main Library #SupermanAtCPL #ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/S8ol1gQy71— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) August 10, 2017
Even the elevator doors at the Main Library are part of the exhibit Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton. pic.twitter.com/OuKSvRrMHn— Friends of CPL (@FriendsCPL) August 25, 2017
We talked Superman on Golden Opportunities? https://t.co/25yaxBdGkf— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) August 29, 2017
Great video!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) August 30, 2017
I enjoyed seeing the #Superman exhibit opening and need to go back with my family.
Article: To find Superman, you have to go through Cleveland
By Carl Francis Penders Published September 29, 2017, The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews)
To find Superman, you have to go through #Cleveland https://t.co/f3FceaQiIB— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) September 30, 2017
Enjoying the Superman exhibit and learning about Superman's Cleveland roots!! @Cleveland_PL @wadeparkschool pic.twitter.com/gvn9bCWy0c— Erica Colvin (@ericacolvins) October 10, 2017
Great idea for a meeting @CDPUG! The #Cleveland #Superman exhibit at @Cleveland_PL is a must see! Part of #ThisIsCLE history!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) November 17, 2017
After seeing @FriendsCPL tweets, I fortunately visited #SupermanAtCPL the day it opened! https://t.co/DADVebugNg
See pics here https://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD https://t.co/sHQf6UQsZ8
It sounds interesting sorry you can't attend @tkunsman @CDPUG members are planning to go to this @Cleveland_PL #Superman event. https://t.co/6qX7lADwM7— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) November 28, 2017
#SupermanAtCPL talk on December 2nd. pic.twitter.com/LqCfIDCOgx
Very cool!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) November 30, 2017
The next @CDPUG Special Meeting is: "Graphic Artist Tour of #Superman: From #Cleveland to #Krypton exhibit at the Cleveland Public #Library @Cleveland_PL
Sign up for this special #SupermanAtCPL event at: https://t.co/6qX7lADwM7 pic.twitter.com/4aLPLBezq1
Daughter of Superman co-creator to speak at @Cleveland_PL Saturday https://t.co/XrXgbdMP50— Kelly B (@KellyBrouse) December 1, 2017
Hey @CDPUG! You might want to send your members this article by @mikesang13 on @ClevelandDotCom before your Saturday meeting at @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL! https://t.co/6qX7lADwM7— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 1, 2017
Great show about #Cleveland's #Superman!
I wrote about the opening: https://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD https://t.co/UNUwScyv23
.@janetdodrill Sorry to be missing this today. I had a last minute appointment come up.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) December 2, 2017
I hope you have a great time at the #Superman exhibit today at @Cleveland_PL!
I enjoyed seeing the #SupermanAtCPL exhibit the day it opened!
See: https://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD pic.twitter.com/pc8ukpjrJ3
We made the list! If you're checking out a book, make sure to check out #SupermanAtCPL :). Library https://t.co/gV0HfRAjbY— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) December 28, 2017
#NewYearsDay #ThankYou to @Cleveland_PL for:— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 1, 2018
* "@NASA From #HiddenFigures to Modern Figures" event with @NASAglenn https://t.co/wNBDvCUOOU #NASA
* #Superman: From #Cleveland to #Krypton #SupermanAtCPLhttps://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD
* CLE #Maker @CLEMakerFairehttps://t.co/xfeIcFpXRF pic.twitter.com/ZJG9Bon6Xv
Just confirming via the link in this tweet that #Superman: From #Cleveland to #Krypton - An Exhibit has been extended to March 31, 2018.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 3, 2018
I need to return to see more of @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL. https://t.co/B7MevrNWky https://t.co/9nVWP8Bv5g
We often get questions about the status of the #Superman sculpture. Michael Sangiacomo from @ThePlainDealer has the latest update. https://t.co/x4qTNK1Dh7— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) February 9, 2018
Superman Exhibit - #SupermanAtCPL Tweets - Final Week
These are my @sos_jr tweets from my family's visit on the final day of the Superman Exhibit (#SupermanAtCPL), and others that I retweeted the final week.
I saw #Superman and #Supergirl in #Cleveland's @Cleveland_PL at the May 6, 2017, opening of #SupermanAtCPL! https://t.co/KTN6a7mLBo https://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
Taking my family today for final day of From Cleveland To #Krypton exhibit at @Cleveland_PL! https://t.co/pl0Od7dQCq pic.twitter.com/xIMW58zVL1
So much to see at @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL as I take my family for final day of From Cleveland To #Krypton #Superman exhibit at @Cleveland_PL! https://t.co/pl0Od7dQCq pic.twitter.com/GK6kfQM2rQ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
In addition to #Superman there is an exhibit featuring other superheros like #BlackPanther.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
So much to see at @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL on this final day of From #Cleveland To #Krypton #Superman exhibit at @Cleveland_PL! https://t.co/pl0Od7dQCq pic.twitter.com/T2smDv4gf9
Such a cool exhibit sad to see it go https://t.co/qd4bnSH6Ug— Daniel P. Cotter (@mdcotter30) March 31, 2018
Wisdom from 1930s #Superman of which a lot of Americans need reminding today. (Seen in the @Cleveland_PL #SupermanAtCPL exhibit) #Resist pic.twitter.com/nILDbDxkbV— Kevin F. Smith (@kefrith) March 31, 2018
#READ!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
Don't judge a book by its cover! –
Via #Superman poster at @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL! https://t.co/pl0Od7dQCq pic.twitter.com/30aBgfqWLL
#Superman Villains!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
At @Cleveland_PL's #SupermanAtCPL From #Cleveland To #Krypton https://t.co/pl0Od7dQCq pic.twitter.com/p7rq1ZkMPY
Last day to check out this awesome exhibit at @Cleveland_PL Main Library. pic.twitter.com/ulrLfPxX7u— City of Cleveland (@CityofCleveland) March 31, 2018
It's the last day to see #Superman: From #Cleveland to Krypton at Main Library! Bring the family to #dtCLE before the doors close at 6pm! https://t.co/zJsxqdQk8p pic.twitter.com/QcuEJ7UoHN— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) March 31, 2018
Such an amazing run! Thank you to all of the thousands of fans who traveled to Main Library to see #Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton. From construction to close, you proved that Superman has super fans! #ClevelandRocks! pic.twitter.com/KtY0GFtgr4— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) March 31, 2018
We need a Superman museum in Cleveland.— Jean Robinson (@VideoGirl_Jean) March 31, 2018
Thx @Cleveland_PL for From #Cleveland To #Krypton #Superman exhibit! https://t.co/uAR18lfKI6 I enjoyed visiting #SupermanAtCPL again today for the closing. https://t.co/MoR8KELCMm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) March 31, 2018
Also love the you shared in your tweet a photo of me on the opening day. https://t.co/bt6iDnJDsD pic.twitter.com/gq8VrZ1HjW
So much found @Cleveland_PL Downtown Main Library from the architecture of #CLE Walker&Weeks to the world's largest chess collection, antiquities&rare books, to Tech Central makers space-Always free, always inspiring.Thank you @feltonian @SkrticX from @inthecircle 4 a Super Time pic.twitter.com/bLWVm9Wn1A— Chris Ronayne (@chrisronayne) March 30, 2018
Did you know that Superman was created right here, in #Cleveland by two #Glenville students Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster in 1933? Check out the amazing display at the Cleveland Public Library main branch before it ends on March 31st. More information here https://t.co/3eksEvDCm4. pic.twitter.com/hwPlv9TLtU— Cleveland Public Art (@CLEPublicArt) March 27, 2018
.@inthecircle President @chrisronayne and UCI Staff visit with Director Thomas to view our Superman Exhibit before it closes this week. @feltonian @chrisronayne pic.twitter.com/pjrvYWexpp— ClevelandPubLibrary (@Cleveland_PL) March 29, 2018
From Cleveland to Krypton! @Cleveland_PL's Superman Exhibit is open until March 31. Get here before it soars away! pic.twitter.com/SO6QC3JWRk— University Circle (@inthecircle) March 29, 2018
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