CLEVELAND -- A comic strip writer who is a Superman super-fan has donated his collection of about 17,000 pieces for a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Man of Steel at Cleveland's main library.

Seventy-five years' worth of Superman memorabilia was boxed up by Arkansas native Mike Curtis and sent by truck to the Cleveland Public Library, where staff will piece together an exhibit honoring the hero's creators.

High school friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster came up with the iconic character in Cleveland in the 1930s.

Amy Dawson, manager of the library's literature department, says every piece of memorabilia will be categorized and the library will apply for grants so they can preserve and restore the collectibles.

Curtis' collection includes rare artifacts dating back to as early as 1939.