He was a amalgamation of all that’s good about America — and now he’s gone.
Five years ago, Lawana Dickman bought a plastic, two-and-a half foot tall figure of Superman. She put him astride a horse and gave him an American flag, then painted the Man of Steel blue, trimmed off his cape and eventually installed him in the southwest corner of her front yard on Cooley Street in Grantsville. Three weeks ago, Superman was stolen.
No clues. No suspects. No traces of Lex Luther’s hand at work. Actually, a few days before the theft, the figure was knocked off his horse, Dickman said. That prompted her to wire Superman into the saddle, so to speak. Other than that, the refugee from Krypton had little protection under earth’s yellow sun.
“I don’t have a fence or gate on my yard,” said Dickman. “It’s wide open.”
The theft gutted Dickman, who had sought to marry together several emotional themes together in the display.
“I have these horses and thought when I first saw him that he would be darling riding on one,” said Dickman. “The horse wasn’t stolen though — just Superman and his flag.”
Superman was dressed in blue with brown shoes and a white scar on one cheek that Dickman had unsuccessfully attempted to stitch up. She denied the display was any sort of metaphysical comment on the human condition.
“I just thought he was real cute and I always have cute stuff in my yard,” said Dickman.
Near the time of Superman’s disappearance, Dickman’s sister Ramona Taylor reportedly saw several teenage girls lingering suspiciously around Dickman’s yard.
“They were kind of messing around over where it was, but she didn’t see them take anything,” said Dickman. “She didn’t pay much attention. She didn’t expect them to steal it.”
Dickman said she can’t put a monetary value on the figure. “I don’t know if I bought it new or what I paid for it, but it’s not the price that’s important,” she said.
Dickman is asking that Superman be returned to her home in Grantsville at 267 South Cooley Street in Grantsville. No questions will be asked about where he’s been. She has not contacted the police.
“I didn’t know what to do about it,” said Dickman. “I just hoped that someone would hear about it and, if they see it, return it to me.”
If she could, Dickman would leap small buildings in a single bound or race faster than a speeding locomotive to have her beloved Superman back. “If anyone sees him, please bring him back,” said Dickman.
“I’ve had him many years.”