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Superman fans unite to save house

Christopher Reeve as Superman
Christopher Reeve played Superman in the 1978 film

Superman fans have helped save the US house where the action hero was created by raising $100,000 (56,000) in an online auction.

Memorabilia and a walk-on role in the hit TV show Heroes was sold as part of the month-long sale to repair the dilapidated house in Cleveland, Ohio.

The building was where writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster created the character more than 70 years ago.

Organiser Brad Meltzer called the sale a "humbling spectacular project".

'Ordinary people'

Novelist Meltzer, who discovered the deteriorating house while researching a novel, said the sale "showed just how much people care about this character and why today Superman still matters".

He added: "We're all Clark Kent. We all know what it is like to be boring and ordinary and we all want to be able to rip open our shirt and do something beyond ourselves.

The idea that Superman's house was just rotting away struck everyone as inherently wrong
Auction organiser Brad Meltzer

"That's what happened here. Ordinary people made a difference."

The auction made more than double than had been expected, and the extra money will be spent on renovating the interior of the property as well as the exterior.

"The house where Google was created is saved. The farm where Hewlett-Packard was founded is preserved. We protected the house where Dr Seuss lived, where Elvis lived," said Meltzer.

"So the idea that Superman's house was just rotting away struck everyone as inherently wrong," he added.

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