It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's a license plate.
CLEVELAND - Superman's famous "S" insignia will grace specialty license plates in Ohio if a nonprofit society formed to honor the comic superhero's creators has its way.
The license plate proposed by the Siegel and Shuster Society also would contain the legend "Ohio -- Birthplace of Superman."
Superman was created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster when they were teenagers in the 1930s.
"Superman is an international icon, and everyone needs to know that it started right here," society member Irving Fine told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.
Fine is a first cousin of Siegel. Both of Superman's co-creators have died.
The society needs to collect at least 500 names on petitions as a first step. Republican state Sen. Tom Patton of Strongsville agreed to propose the plate to the legislature if enough signatures are gathered, the newspaper reported.
Petitions are in Cleveland area comic shops and will be circulated outside the Palace Theatre in Cleveland during three Sundays in August during showings of the films "Batman," "Superman," and "Spider-Man," Mike Olszewski, president of the society, said.
The society hopes to have the license plates available by 2013, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman in "Action Comics" No. 1.
Specialty plates usually cost between $25 and $35 more than standard plates. If approved, the plates would be purchased from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Some proceeds from the plate sales would go to the society for future Superman projects.
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