New Plaque Unveiled at Joe Palooka Monument

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- People can now learn more about a monument to a home-grown comic hero in Luzerne County.

A new plaque was placed on the Joe Palooka Monument along Route 309 near Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

It details the history of the comic strip, and its creator, Ham Fisher, who was born in Wilkes-Barre.

Businessman Max Bartikowski donated the plaque because of what the monument and its history means to the area.

The Palooka character from the 40s and 50s was a heavyweight boxer and war hero.

The monument was refurbished earlier this year in Luzerne County.

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