- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Public Library is in talks about a deal for the Man of Steel.

The library could acquire a 17,000-piece collection of Superman memorabilia to be used as a permanent exhibit honoring the Cleveland-originated superhero and his creators.

Mike Curtis, the potential donor, pens the syndicated Dick Tracy comic strip in addition to collecting all things Superman. Curtis’ collection includes rare artifacts dating back to as early as 1939.

The Plain Dealer reports that (https://bit.ly/1L1xaXc ) Curtis said he’s willing to donate his collection to the library, with a few assurances.

First, Curtis wants the library’s word that they will display the items for free and never sell them.



Second, he wants his 39-year-old son to have the power to pull the collectables “in the event of some catastrophe in his life.”

Amy Dawson, manager of the library’s literature department, is eager to obtain the collection, but is unsure if the demands are too steep.

“You must understand that the library would have to spend a great deal of money on showcases and preservation of the works, as well as categorizing everything,” Dawson told Curtis during a recent visit. “We would likely apply for a grant just to do the categorization of 17,000 items. I don’t know if I could recommend accepting the donation if everything could suddenly be taken back.”

Curtis said he could rescind the stipulation if it means the difference in bringing his collection to the city that birthed the iconic hero.

Superman was created by friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Cleveland in the 1930s.

“I’ve devoted 40 years of my life to collecting Superman,” Curtis said. “I’m 62, and I want to make sure that it goes someplace where people who love Superman will be able to see it and appreciate it. Cleveland is the perfect place for it.”

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, https://www.cleveland.com

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