A historical marker near the Cleveland
home where a teenage Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman has been
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
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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LOS ANGELES – When the final season of “Smallville” began, Erica Durance
found herself getting more than a little nostalgic.
“I never want a good thing to end,” the actress who plays Lois Lane says.
“But every chapter has to close.”
In the series’ final season, Lois and Clark Kent are closer than ever; he’s
assuming his place as Superman. And the final episode? It has to be good,
Durance says. “People have watched this for 10 years. They’ve lived the
When the series started, neither character seemed headed toward the
inevitable. Indeed, Durance didn’t even think about the “Lois and Clark”
scenario. “I almost purposely wouldn’t allow myself to think, ‘This is who she
is in the end.’ I wanted to be free to see where they might go. I didn’t want to
put pressure on the relationship.”
Still, she knew the weight of playing an iconic comic book hero. In the
drama’s first season, Durance went to a comic book convention and a woman put
her hands over the actress’ eyes. “You hit it out of the park, kid,” the woman
said. “I looked and it was Margot Kidder. I just froze for a moment.”
The list of women who have played the role – Kidder included, Durance says,
is pretty daunting. “But I’ve gotten so much joy out of doing it, I would never
want to run away from it. I’d consider it an honor if people still referred to
me as Lois 20 years from now.”
Unlike her predecessors, Durance got a chance to show a stronger side to the
character. In addition to being a tough reporter, she got to face down villains
and keep Clark Kent in line.
“I like playing Lois because she’s flawed…she’s a little bit of everything
and maybe does the wrong thing but she turns around, she dusts herself off and
she keeps going. “
When “Smallville” showed “future” Lois, “I had tingles,” Durance says. “It
was so much fun. I got to see where this metamorphosis was headed.”
Co-star Tom Welling, she says, has been a great companion on the journey.
“You know how you meet people and you immediately have the same goals and
perspective? That’s how we were. We both wanted to make a great product…like a
fine wine, the relationship has changed.”
Although Durance has her eye on Lois’ Daily Planet nameplate as a keepsake,
she hasn’t taken the job lightly. “I have scrapbooked the whole series. Things
that seem so inconsequential – like my ticket for the first flight to L.A. – are
there. So whenever I want to remember what went on I just go to the
And Lois? Durance’s performance was always inspired by someone close. “I
always asked myself, ‘What would my mom do?’ That usually meant something that
felt honest and good.
“As you get older, you start to look back on things you’ve done: ‘What can I
set out in the universe that’s good and inspiring?’ At the end of the day,
‘Smallville’ sends a good message.”
This Friday on Smallville (The CW,
8/7c) Clark’s journey toward his destiny takes a detour when a most unexpected
reappearance by General Slade necessitates a trip to the Phantom Zone. Clark,
though, doesn’t go it alone –- rather, he gets an unsolicited assist from
Oliver. But could Green Arrow have missed the mark by deciding to tag along?
Especially when a revenge-thirsty Zod (guest star Callum Blue) takes the gents
Justin Hartley, who directed the
action-packed hour, shared with TVLine how he got several super assists in his
debut behind the camera, previews how things will end for Oliver and Chloe, and
IDs the choice keepsake he wasn’t able to grab after shooting the series
TVLINE | So tell me, what brings
Oliver to the Phantom Zone?
Basically what happens is Oliver worms
his way in – literally, through a wormhole! Clark winds up in the Phantom Zone,
looks up, and there’s Oliver: “What, are you kidding me?! You can’t be
here!” Their friendship is put on the line, and tested…. I can’t tell you
exactly how, but there’s a moment where you’re literally going to drop your
drink and go, “What… the… f–?!”
Watch the heroes arrive in the Phantom Zone:
TVLINE | I guess Oliver and Chloe
have an “open” marriage, that he can run off to a cosmic wormhole at a moment’s
[Laughs] “Hey, I’m going into this wormhol
Jack Rowand/The CW
Most actors are double threats. They can act and sing. Or they can
act and write their own episodes. Or walk and chew gum at the
same time. (We kid!) Anyway, Smallville's Justin
Hartley is doubling up as well with directing and acting. And the world
will see his directorial debut in tonight's episode, "Dominion."
When we got him on the phone to talk about being behind the camera and in
front of it, he wasn't afraid to admit it was a tough job. No sugarcoating here.
That's one of many reasons why we adore him. Need more reasons? Plus swoonworthy
Chloe, Lois and Clark info? All you have to do is read on:
Smallville's Justin Hartley
What can you tell us about "Dominion," tonight's
Justin Hartley: I can tell you that I
directed it. The story is in the beginning we find out that something happened
in the Phantom Zone. Clark (Tom
Welling) is the only one who can go into the Phantom Zone and fix
the problem, but once he comes back out of the Phantom Zone, of course,
everything goes to hell. Oliver cons his way into the Phantom Zone when Clark
says, 'Don't go, it's dangerous.' Now the two of them up being stuck in the
Phantom Zone, and they have to work together to figure out a way out. We find
out a lot about trust and where their trust lies with each other and within
themselves. [There's] a really touching scene at the end between Lois and Clark.
Zod (Callum Blue) comes back.
So, tons going on. A lot for a first-time director.
lucky. I got a really great script. I got great people to work with, I got great
stories for our leads. And I got a lot of help from everyone so hopefully
everyone likes it.
Was it difficult being behind the camera and in front of the camera
at the same time?
Difficult, but I found a sweet spot. I talked to
my assistant director Sandra, and I was like, 'Sandra, here's what I want to do.
When I'm in front of the camera I really need someone else to call 'action' and
series finale of “Smallville” is almost upon
us, and while we won’t know all the details until we sit down and watch it, star
Tom Welling has given
fans some helpful hints about what to expect. Warning, there could be some
spoilers in his comments!
Speaking with DoversWorld.com, he discussed what will happen between
Superman and Lois Lane in series' 10th and final episode.
"In the season finale, we address the future between Clark and Lois,” he
said. “I think that what you'll see is that Clark is destined to be alone. It's
the hero's burden. You'll see in the finale that of course, there is a future
between Clark and Lois in the world of Superman. It's how they get there that I
think will be very entertaining."
He also spoke about Michael
Rosenbaum returning to play Lex Luthor.
"It's the worst kept secret in television history," he said. "The scene
between Clark and Lex is one of my favorites, for sure."
But what about Clark Kent becoming Superman? Speaking about that, Welling
said “the final image of what you'll see at the end of 'Smallville'… makes me
so proud and makes the hair on my arms stand up."
"It's something that people have wanted to see for a long time and it'll
fulfill what they've been waiting for," he added.
And that sounds pretty good, don’t you think?
After years of declaring he stood for "truth, justice and the American way,"
Superman has provoked the ire of rightwingers by threatening to renouce his US
In the latest issue of Action Comics, which went on sale on Wednesday, the
Man of Steel decides to take the step after he intervenes in a protest against
the Iranian government.
After the Islamic regime brands his non-violent
protest as an act of war taken on behalf of the US president, the DC comic hero says he
will renounce his citizenship before the United Nations.
"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy," he
Although Superman never actually renounces his citizenship in the story,
conservative commentators reacted with disgust.
In a blogpost at The Weekly Standard, senior
writer Jonathan Last questioned Superman's beliefs, now that he seems to
have rejected the United States. "Does he believe
in British interventionism or Swiss neutrality?" Last wrote. "You see where I'm
going with this: If Superman doesn't believe in America, then he doesn't believe
Posters on comic book discussion forums drew parallels
between the superhero's doubts about his citizenship and the conspiracy theories
about Barack Obama's nationality.
Several posters branded conservative critics of the storyline "Earthers" – a
reference to the Birthers – the nickname for the rightwingers who have
questioned Obama's citizenship.
The plot comes as the superhero from the planet Krypton, who was raised by a
Kansas farmer and his wife, looks to take on a more global mission for his
battle against injustice. "The world's too small. Too connected," Superman
Superman, who was first introduced in 1938, has a long association with the
United States, although Joe Shuster, the artist who helped create the character
with writer Jerry Siegel, was born in Canada.
Superman's life story of assimilating into US culture has been seen as a
metaphor for the immigrant experience, particularly Jewish immigrants.
DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio appeared to downplay their
character's declaration in a joint statement.
"In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to
put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always,
committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from
Smallville," they said.
In a story published in 1974 Superman was granted
citizenship of every member country of the United Nations.