Metropolis, Illinois is best known as being the “Home of Superman.” The town is most famous for its Superman Square complete with a Super Museum and giant statue of Superman. But, who would Superman (or his alter ego Clark Kent) be without his right-hand woman? And so, three blocks away from Superman Square is another Illinois roadside attraction: a bronze Lois Lane Statue modeled after actress Noel Neill.
Lois Lane was a fictional reporter at comic book Metropolis’s Daily Planet newspaper and played the love interest to Superman. Noel Neill portrayed the fictional journalist opposite George Reeves’s Clark Kent/Superman in the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Superman. She is also known as the “First Lady of Metropolis” due to her frequent visits to the town and contributions to the annual Superman Celebration in town.
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The Superman Lois Lane Statue (also known as the Noel Neill statue) began construction at a groundbreaking ceremony during the 2009 Superman Celebration on Saturday, June 13, 2009. It was unveiled on Friday, June 11, 2010 with Neill (at age 89), sculptor Gary Ernest Smith, and Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel on site.
The bronze Superman Lois Lane statue in Metropolis, Illinois, stands at over 6-feet tall, dwarfing the real Lois Lane actress the sculpture was based on: Noel Neill is only a mere five feet tall herself. The bronze monument is sculpted wearing the character’s skirted suit, high heels, and a triple strand of pearls, with her reporter’s notepad and pencil ready in hand to record notes on whatever news-worthy entanglements Metropolis’s superhero and nemeses are currently embroiled in.
Photos of the Bronze Superman Lois Lane Statue in Metropolis, Illinois:
Superman Lois Lane Statue in Metropolis, Illinois (Noel Neill Statue)
Location: Market Street and W. 8th St., Metropolis, IL
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible