Celebrate Superman!

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Barack Obama poses with the city's most famous landmark.Barack Obama poses with the city's most famous landmark.
Barack Obama poses with the city’s most famous landmark.

Metropolis, Illinois, officially known as the Home of Superman, kicks off its 31st annual Superman Celebration today, Thursday, with festivities continuing through Sunday.

There are planned activities for all ages, including a carnival, kid’s karaoke, Superman costume contests for kids and adults, and guests from both the television and comics world. Plus, everyone has a chance to become an honorary citizen of Metropolis on Saturday.

Even Batman makes an appearance of sorts, in the form of the 1966 Batmobile.

And, of course, there’s the photo op with the Superman statue. I had thought that the famous photo of President Barack Obama with the statue was a photoshop fake but a very nice lady at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce assured me that, yes, it’s quite real, was taken during his run for Senate, and you can buy t-shirts of it in local gift shops.

Television guests include Noel Neill from the old Superman television show, Justin Hartley and Phil Morris of Smallville, while a full artist’s alley for comic readers will feature writers Gail Simone (Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey, and Action Comics), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad) and Mike Norton (Green Arros, Black Canary).

A full schedule can be found here:

Superman Celebration

Metropolis traditionally holds the celebration on the second full weekend of June to mark the publication cover date of Action Comics #1 in 1938.

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