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Super Museum in Metropolis, Ill., began with a Superman lunchbox
Super Museum in Metropolis, Ill., began with a Superman lunchbox

Reporting from Metropolis, Ill. — Growing up in the 1950s, Jim Hambrick wouldn't budge while "Adventures of Superman" was showing on TV. Soon, the Man of Steel, portrayed by actor George Reeves, began to shape Hambrick's life, lasting well beyond childhood. "I grew up without a dad, so [Superman] was my surrogate father," Hambrick, a native of Huntington Park, recalled. "It gave me a good understanding of good versus evil and right versus wrong." Hambrick was 5 when he began collecting Superman memorabilia. On that birthday, his mother gave him a lunchbox featuring the comic book character. "It was a metal lunchbox," he said....

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