Superman Day x 2
Jeff Trexler once again writes about the lawsuit at The Beat:
The Superman and Superboy lawsuits are officially over, pending appeal . . . The verdict in each is in DC’s favor. As with the concluding opinion, the final judgments were issued on April 18, 2013, the seventh-fifth anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1.
Of course, the Siegel side could still appeal, but inasmuch as the court followed the appellate court’s reasoning in reaching these judgments the likelihood of success would be small, to say the least. The case also doesn’t raise the sort of issues likely to attract attention from the Supreme Court.
And just like that, there’s the final line for at least this chapter: the final judgment is handed down on the 75th anniversary of the publication of Action Comics #1. You can’t make this stuff up.
So last Thursday, the same day of this decision, I was at Cleveland City Hall (sorta skipping school) as Mayor Frank Jackson officially declared it Superman Day. Laura Siegel Larson, Jerry’s daughter and the family’s remaining claimant, spoke eloquently on a sunny, windy day about her father’s legacy. The footage is shaky, windy, but colorful. Watch it here.
I haven’t edited it. Afterwards, Laura met with anyone who wanted to talk to her, and spent a good amount of time with a young reporter from Scholastic. Laura told me later that she told this girl that she “could be anything she wants to be.” I don’t take sides in the book about the lawsuit, and try to present things as is. But I wanted to point out where Laura chose to be last Thursday, when things were being decided away in California. She was not checking her phone. She was not on edge. She was here, on her own dime, where it all began.