Ultimate 1:1 Progress…

More updates from Super-Artist John May – After much deliberation of how best to attach the bust, (including cutting out the head portion and blending it into the neck) John & I decided not to sacrifice any of the excellent original sculpt and instead cut the mannequin to mold it seamlessly into the torso.   Note the dremelled out eye sockets and re-sculpting of a more accurate hairline and kiss-curl with Milliput (an amendment I made myself before delivery) and finally a test spray of the hair. Much more progress to follow…!

Behind The (Deleted) Scenes – Lois Leaps…

Some rare images taken from the shooting of Superman II in New York City during 1977 depicting Lois leap of faith from Perry White’s office window at the Daily Planet in an effort to expose Clark Kent.  Director Richard Donner and Cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth position Margot Kidder on the fruit stand for her close-ups after Clark breaks her fall using his Super-Breath.  Actress/Stuntwoman Ellen Bry (seen conferring with Kidder, third pic) would go on to bag her own superhero later that year with an appearance in the Amazing Spider-Man TV series starring Nicholas Hammond.

This excised opening scene was only recently restored for the DVD release of Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, (Screencapture bottom pic)a product of decades of fan campaigning that I never thought would see the light of day…

Ultimate 1:1 Project…

An ambitious (and expensive) project of a lifetime, this culmination of years of research and prototypes has yielded what will hopefully become a definitive Christopher Reeve lifesize display.  I must pass my sincere thanks to friend and SuperFan Chris King for commissioning the incredible limited bust (by an anonymous artist) and importing the Six/Six muscular mannequin from the US. Once conjoined, the final piece will painted with realistic skintones, feature prosthetic eyes and finally dressed in the most accurate custom costume (a separate project!) available to date. These early shots are the first from renowned effects artist John May (famous for his incredible Predator SFX work) showing the dry-fit of the bust to the torso having just carved out the gap for mounting.  Check back for more updates as this blog will be the ONLY site to follow the figure’s progress…

Jor-El’s Cinematic Demise..?

Despite being over thirty years old Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie offers something new on every watch. Eagle eyed SuperFan Paul Hernandez has gone one better, however and found the ultimate in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it revelations – the death of Jor-El. Quite how this has evaded detection until now is anybody’s guess!