CLEVELAND —The Cleveland planning commission has approved an early conceptual design of a Superman monument for the city’s lakefront.

The commission on Nov. 20 approved Lakewood artist David Deming’s initial vision for the project intended to celebrate Cleveland’s role in the birth of Superman. The comic superhero was conceived in 1933 by city residents Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

The artist’s plan calls for a 13-foot-long stainless steel statue of the Man of Steel mounted on a 36-foot-high pylon.

Commission members have asked Deming to further develop his design to include some safety features and a smaller base.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that Deming agreed to address those concerns.

The monument is estimated to cost $3 million or more and would be privately funded.

– From news service reports