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Cleveland marks Superman's 75th anniversary

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The city of Cleveland is celebrating the 75th birthday of 1 of its favorite sons - Superman.

A number of events Thursday in city are marking the anniversary of the release of the first issue of Action Comics featuring the Man of Steel - created by Cleveland teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

The comic released on April 18, 1938, was an immediate hit, and Superman was on his way to becoming an American icon.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is declaring Thursday "Superman Day" at a ceremony at city hall. Jerry Siegel's daughter, Laura Siegel Larson, is accepting the proclamation.

A Superman flag will be flown and his colors will decorate city hall. Birthday cupcakes are being handed out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, where there is a Superman display.

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