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'Man of Steel': Superman a true Midwesterner
Metropolis was founded in 1839 on the banks of the Ohio River, about as far south as you can go in Illinois without stepping into Kentucky. Its settlers were enthusiastic: They assumed the waterfront real estate would result in a metropolis, hence the name. They were a bit off. Metropolis became a small city (population: 6,500), though in 1972 DC Comics proclaimed it the home of Superman, and the town found its identity. So every June for the past five decades, Metropolis has hosted a four-day Superman festival (this year's concludes Sunday), the centerpiece of which — indeed the centerpiece of Metropolis — is a colorful, 15-foot-tall bronze Man of Steel, his hands poised at his hips, standing watch at the foot of the Massac County Courthouse.
June 7, 2013