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Superman license plates go on sale for Ohio drivers, featuring Man of Steel's 'S' insignia

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CLEVELAND - Ohio fans of the Man of Steel now officially can have the Superman logo on their wheels.

A license plate with the iconic "S'' insignia and the phrase "Truth, Justice and the American Way" went on sale Monday. Relatives of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were on hand for the plate's unveiling outside the Cleveland-area home where Siegel lived, The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/16ObUnA ) reported.

The plates cost $20, plus the standard registration fee of $34.50 or the typical $16.25 in fees to replace existing plates. Part of the fee goes to the Siegel and Shuster Society, which commemorates the men's work.

A letter by Siegel's daughter that was read at the unveiling said the men who created the comic superhero as teenagers in the 1930s would have been "absolutely thrilled."

"I can just imagine them driving around Cleveland and excitedly pointing out the plates as they spotted them," Laura Siegel Larson wrote.

The unveiling caps a two-year process that included a push to make the plates available by this year — the 75th anniversary of the superhero's debut — and a dispute over what phrase would be featured on the plates. The original plan was to use the slogan "Ohio: Birthplace of Superman," but DC Comics objected, insisting that Superman was born on the fictional planet Krypton.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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