A multi-media tour of the Superman legend in Cleveland is offered free by the Siegel and Shuster Society and LunaTech 3D.
The site takes users on an interactive journey through the world of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman. The tour focuses on how the two young men got the inspiration for the world’s first and most iconic superhero from their family, friends, and surroundings in Cleveland, Ohio.
The tour utilizes Google’s Indoor Street View technology, 360 video, 3D modeling and even allows fans to fly though the air through aerial imagery. It takes users on interactive tours through many of Cleveland’s most iconic landmarks. It also focuses on many not-so-well-known city sites and shows how they influenced the early development of Superman.
“Hot spots” embedded in the tours, gives users access to videos, audio clips, photo galleries and a variety of other multi-media content related to Jerry, Joe and their creation.
“It has been a labor of love”, said lifelong Superman fan and LunaTech 3D President, Douglas Willett. “The Man of Steel has meant a lot to me over the years and I wanted to do something to honor his creators and help tell their story in a visual and engaging way that has never been done before.”
Over a six-month period and a dozen trips to the Cleveland area, Willett captured thousands of images for the Google Street View based stops on the tour. He then aggregated content throughout the experience that he gathered from family interviews, local experts, public records, library collections, and information scattered across the Internet. Members of both the Siegel and Shuster families also contributed rare and never before seen family photos and related content to the project.
“The best part of the entire project was the people I got to meet”, added Willett. “Without the help of the families, Brad Ricca, author of the book, Super Boys, and Michael Olszewski, president of the Siegel and Shuster Society, this project would have never happened.”
The Siegel & Shuster Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the creation of Superman in Cleveland, Ohio by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
LunaTech 3D is a visualization and marketing company that creates engaging and immersive experiences to help businesses visually tell their story online using 360° videos, VR, aerial photography, and Google’s Street View-Trusted tours in conjunction with their proprietary InnerAct software.