And you thought it couldn't get any better.
When superstar novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer and The Siegel & Shuster Society announced last week the launch of a star-studded, comics industry-fueled auction Ordinary People Change The World to fund the restoration of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's boyhood home in Cleveland, Ohio, the list of creators on board with the initiative was literally a who's who of comics royalty.
Meltzer returns this week to tell CBR News he's added even more super friends to his regal roll call. Joining the previously announced participants for Week 2 (Sept. 9-16) are BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid, fan favorite artist J.H. Williams III, "Jonah Hex" and "Power Girl" writer Jimmy Palmiotti, and former Spider-Man editor Danny Fingeroth.
Asked why saving Siegel's childhood home was an important cause, Mark Waid told CBR News, "It's the birthplace of an American icon, every bit as important and groundbreaking in our cultural heritage as Elvis Presley or the Ford Mustang and deserves to be recognized as such."
J.H. Williams III agreed, telling CBR, "There are many reasons to save the Seigel house. I'll name a few. It will preserve the origins of a true american cultural icon. It will serve as an inspiration to others to reach for their creative dreams. It will become a symbol of good to it's local community. And most of all, it would be of great help to the family that lives there in need."
As for what Superman means to the artist himself, Williams said Superman is one of the all time greatest heroes in comics' history. "He represents a pedestal of the common good that we all want to climb up to, stand along aside him to share and believe in his idealism. That we can be more if we try hard enough. He represents the light side of our souls and illuminates the human capacity to accept our world and all of it's faults. He represents our wanting to make things better, to lift ourselves up to higher standards."
Of Ordinary People Change the World's progress so far, Meltzer told CBR, "The very best part of this adventure has been watching the comic book community come together. Yes, the bigshots can pay more for the art, but people are buying t-shirts, donating twenty dollars to the cause for no reason. That's the proof of this social experiment. It's us boring ordinary folks who change the world. Plus, just heard from Mark Millar, Jill Thompson, and so many others. Creators: we tried to reach out to everyone when we started, but it's clear we didn't reach everyone. We want you! If you have a truly awesome item, please email me through the site or Facebook or MySpace or anywhere because this is for all of us."
Original Curt Swan "Legion Of Super-Heroes" Art
Donated By Mark Waid
Description: From Mark Waid's private art collection, this is an auction item that Silver Age Legion of Super-Heroes fans will not want to miss out on. This is the original Curt Swan penciled-and-inked cover to "Legion of Super-Heroes Index" #2 and features the entire 1960s Legion. A must-have for any LSH fan!
Curt Swan Biography: Curt Swan's work on the Man of Steel spanned three decades and he is considered by many as the definitive Silver Age Superman artist. In addition to Superman, Curt Swan is also known for his work on Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes where he worked with Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel.
Mark Waid Biography: Mark Waid is a comic book writer and editor who shaped the DC universe in the modern age with his work on "Kindgom Come," "JLA," "Flash," "Impulse," "Legion of Super-Heroes," "Superman: Birthright" and most recently "52." He has written for Marvel Comics on such titles as "Captain America," "Fantastic Four" and "Ka-Zar." He is currently the Editor-In-Chief of BOOM! Studios.
Original Cover Artwork "Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D" #1
Donated by J.H. Williams III
Description: "Final Crisis" is proving to be one of the most significant events in the DC Universe and Superman is caught in the middle as his story is being told in the spin-off "Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D." This is your chance to own the original variant cover artwork for issue #1 from J.H. Williams III depicting the Man of Steel using his heat vision. This series is sure to be talked about by fans in the years to come, now is the chance to own your piece of modern Superman history.
J.H. Williams III Biography: J.H. Williams III is a comic book artist best known for his work on titles such as "Chase," "Promethea" with Alan Moore, "Desolation Jones" with Warren Ellis, "Batman" and the 'bookend' issues of Grant Morrison's "Seven Soldiers of Victory." He is also providing covers for "Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D."
Be a Character in the New "Painkiller Jane" Comic Book
Donated by Jimmy Palmiotti
Description: Writer Jimmy Palmiotti is offering you the unique opportunity to be a character in an upcoming "Painkiller Jane" comic book. Your character will get shot by the Jane. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of comic book history.
Jimmy Palmiotti Biography: Jimmy Palmiotti is a writer and inker best known for his collaborations with Joe Quesada on "Ash," their co-creation, as well as "Marvel Knights: Daredevil" with Kevin Smith. He has also written numerous titles including "Hawkman," "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters" and "Jonah Hex" with Justin Gray.
Autographed Copies of "Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero" and "Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society"
Donated by Danny Fingeroth
Description: This is your chance to bid on a signed copy of "Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero" and a signed copy of "Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society," both by Danny Fingeroth. From Publisher's Weekly, "Connecting the dots from ancient warriors and biblical figures to modern-day superheroes, Fingeroth ("Superman on the Couch") analyzes archetypes like the angry young man (Wolverine), the avenging orphan (Batman), the dual personality (Superman) and other modern derivatives like Dirty Harry and Rambo."
"Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero" chronicles the creation of Superman from each new 'Jewish' superhero and the concurrent changes in the comic industry. This is a perfect gift for any comic book reader.
Danny Fingeroth Biography: Danny Fingeroth is a writer and editor best known for his work as the group editor on the Spider-Man titles for Marvel comics. He is the publisher of Write Now! magazine and the author of "Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero," "Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society" and "The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels."
Other luminaries offering up their talents, prized possessions and door opening opportunities this week are Brad Meltzer himself, Ed Brubaker, Joe Staton, Gene Ha, Judd Winick, Ivan Reis, Bill Morrison, John Romita Jr., Dave Johnson, John Cassaday and Andy Kubert.
The auction runs through 11:59 p.m. on September 30, 2008.
Visitors can also donate money or purchase a Siegel & Shuster Society t-shirt designed by legendary graphic designer, Chip Kidd ("Final Crisis").