Ordinary people saved Superman's house. Best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer started the charitable organization Ordinary People Save the World in an effort to raise enough money to restore the home where Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.
Our goal was to raise $50,000 to work on the outside," he said. "In the end, we raised $101,000. So work is now going on in the inside as well. It was just beautiful. For me, especially with all the petty infighting that goes on in comics, this was the best everyone-together victory in the comic book world in a long time."
Meltzer said his main motivation for saving the house was simply the history. "Joe Shuster's house was in such bad condition, they had to knock it down. We didn't want that happening to the Siegel one," he said. "And luckily, friends like Jim [Lee], and Neil [Gaiman], and Brian [Bendis], and Jeph [Loeb] and Geoff [Johns], and so many others thought the same. They donated the best stuff. We just had the site."
As a result, the Siegel house will have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony this summer to unveil the restored home to the public.
Now that the Siegel project has exceeded Meltzer's expectations, he's hoping to continue the work of Ordinary People Change the World by raising money for a new cause.City Year.