Superman License Plates Drop 'Birthplace'
June 19, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
CLEVELAND, (UPI) — Ohio officials said they are seeking alternate slogans for a Superman-themed license plate that DC Comics did not want to say “Birthplace of Superman.”
State Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, said officials wanted a Superman plate to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Man of Steel, but DC Comics and Warner Communications objected to the “birthplace” slogan because it might cause confusion about the fictional character’s origins on the planet Krypton, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Monday.
The Siegel and Shuster Society, which was created to honor the Superman’s Cleveland creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, said they have come up with a list of alternate slogans for the license plates.
“DC and Warner Brothers have been cooperative,” society President Michael Olszewski said. “When we talked to their parent company, Warner Communications, there was some discomfort over saying ‘birthplace,’ so we said we could fix that easily.”