Metropolis In Miniature…

As seen in The Making Of Superman II, This elaborate, handmade and intricately detailed model set was commissioned by Producer Ilya Salkind to accommodate the visual effects shots deemed too impractical to shoot full-scale of the devastation caused by the Super-Villians throughout the climactic Metropolis battle. From the top; Derek Meddings surveys the set while …

Behind The (Deleted) Scenes – Visiting Jeremy…

The Woughton Campus of The Sir Frank Markham Comprehensive School in Milton Keynes, UK. Doubled for the ‘Metropolis JFK High School’ In location scenes only recently restored for the Superman IV; The Quest For Peace Deluxe Edition on DVD. From the Top – Japanese Movie mag article, UK Sky magazine piece and another unique on-set …

Behind The Scenes – The Kent Farm…

Though the original set from Superman; the Movie was still standing in Ontario, Canada, The Kent Farm was recreated in considerable detail in the village of Baldock, Hertfordshire, England for the opening scenes of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace in 1986. This set was apparently also left standing until the mid-2000’s before apparently being …

Superwaxwork…

The waxwork of Christopher Reeve’s Superman was displayed solo in the exit stairwell of London’s Madame Tussauds for many years. It was originally adorned with a genuine production made costume (with the exception of a lightweight cape to accommodate a ‘rippling’ effect generated by a fan placed beneath) before being moved to the ‘Movie Room’ …

‘The Merchandise…’

Presenting an unashamedly nostalgic collection of vintage print ads from the yellowed pages of much-loved Warren Publications Famous Monsters (Of Filmland). Quite how The Man Of Steel had earned coverage in Forrest J. Ackerman’s flagship magazine remains a mystery but as the subjects were so wildly varied it never seemed to matter. Of particular interest …

‘Power Action…’

Originally designed by the Mego Corporation in the US and intended as a special oversize, die-cast figure (read all about its conception here) but eventually winding up in plastic as a UK exclusive, (see the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Superman range here) The Denys Fisher ‘Power Action’ Superman was a Frankenstein-like creation notable for its unique …