Metropolis Illinois “I Am Superman” patch (1990s)

This “I Am Superman” patch was available everywhere in Metropolis Illinois beginning in the 1990s. Its bold Superman ‘S’ symbol really pops within its red and blue surroundings. In hindsight, in all my years of visiting the Superman Celebration in those days, I’m saddened that I didn’t think to buy more than one of these.

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Amazing World of Superman Exhibition poster (1973)

In 1972, Metropolis Illinois obtained rights from DC Comics to officially declare their town “The Home of Superman.” They had big plans at the time which included a multi-million dollar “Amazing World of Superman” theme park that would have featured a 200-foot-tall Superman statue. The following year, Metropolis hosted a grand event which featured a model and drawings of…

Adventures Along the Ohio River magazine summer 2001 (2001)

Adventures Along the Ohio River is a free publication by the Metropolis Planet, the weekly newspaper of the city of Metropolis Illinois. This is the Summer 2001 magazine that could be found everywhere in Metropolis just prior to (and during) the annual Superman Celebration. On the cover is Scott Cranford, greeting a young Superman fan alongside the Super Museum, who portrayed the city’s hero in those days at every celebration.

Metropolis Illinois Superman Celebration “Round Tuit” wooden token (1998)

Another promotional collectible that was sold around town in Metropolis Illinois was this “Round Tuit” wooden token. The images on the wooden token are printed in red ink. On the face of the token is an interpretation of the classic image of Superman originally drawn by co-creator Joe Shuster and has the words “Metropolis Illinois”. On the reverse side of the token is…