Yesterday’s Funky Winkerbean kicks off a three week Superman-themed story-line to salute the Man of Steel. The series takes a trip home where the character of Superman was conceived 75 years ago. Glenville, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, was the childhood home of “Superman” co-creator Jerry Siegel. As the story goes, the idea for a comic-book character with super powers came to teenager Jerry in a dream in 1933. He raced to share the idea with his artist friend, Joe Shuster and a superhero was born.
Tom Batiuk, Funky Winkerbean creator cites his own visit last year to the historic home as “inspirational,” because as a child, the legend of Superman meant a whole lot to him. “Those stories do what superheroes do best – they save you,” he said.