Thieves steal sign marking Superman's Cleveland birthplace

A historical marker near the Cleveland home where a teenage Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman has been stolen.

The likely culprits, The Plain Dealer reports, are scrap-metal thieves who mistook the plaque for bronze because of its coloring. It's actually made of aluminum.

The sign was installed by the city at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and East 105th Street in 2003, the 65th anniversary of the release of Action Comics #1. The nearby house where the Siegel family lived until 1950, and where the young collaborators dreamed up the Man of Steel, was restored in 2008 through efforts spearheaded by the nonprofit Siegel and Shuster Society. Two larger markers created by that group hang on a fence outside the Glenville neighborhood home.

If there's a silver, or aluminum, lining to the theft, it's that it provides officials with the opportunity to make a correction on the replacement: Siegel's last name was misspelled on one side of the original marker.

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