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It’s still Superman’s Cleveland

2011 October 23

I don’t know where all the time goes. It’s almost November. Wha? Why don’t I have more to show for this time which seems to have been so thoroughly occupied? Come back to that one later, I guess.

In the meantime, one or two updates to note on one of my most popular projects, the “Superman’s Cleveland” map of the Forest City’s various sites relating to Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and their iconic creation.

"Superman's Cleveland" map

This will be familiar to readers, of course

Apparently, Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop has managed to distribute 1,000 printed copies of this map in a little under 11 months’ time. Even allowing for a few bulk giveaways, such as the few dozen I received as samples, that’s pretty darn awesome. And it seems that store co-owner John Dudas agrees, as he’s going back to print for twice as many of these beauties.

I took the opportunity to update the store’s address, and make a few other teeny tiny little tweaks that no one would ever notice unless, like me, they were going over the thing with a fine-toothed comb; otherwise it’s unchanged, so no need to go grab the “updated” version. But for those who don’t have a copy at all, worry not. They’ll soon be back in stock, and remain free for the taking just as before.

Meanwhile, as must seem obvious under the circumstances, this map continues to win fans and friends. Author Marc Noble featured it on his blog, last week, along with some cool vintage photos relating to The Boys of Steel and sites listed on the map. Marc has written, among many other works, a book about Superman’s creators, FYI.

I’ll also note a cameo appearance by this map in the story of Mike Meyer, a Superman super-fan robbed of a life’s-work collection a while back. Other fans rallied to Mr. Meyer’s aid, and Carol & John’s was closely involved with these efforts; they’ve posted some photos and, if you look closely at the first in their gallery, you’ll see a familiar document in the hands of a gentleman in an even-more-familiar red and blue costume.

I can’t say that this project has earned Modern Alchemy a single cent, yet, but eh whatever. This stuff’s gotta make you smile.

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