Super-Collage Part 1…

Exclusive to SUPERMANIA – The first pieces of a multi-part oversized collage/poster originally serialised in BRAVO magazine in 1979. The pages have been scanned at printable resolution and untouched, making them ready to print yourself and assemble to create the illustration seen on the cover. The remaining parts will be posted in the coming weeks so keep checking back..!

The Japan Campaign…

Some fine examples from the Japanese advertising campaign for Superman; The Movie in 1978. Of all the artwork used to spread the word of the Man Of Steel’s cinematic debut, the designs from the Far East were easily the sharpest and most colourful. From the top, magazine ad, Chirashi-style leaflets and article splash page…

Plates Of Steel…

Yet another SUPERMANIA exclusive – these steel printing plates (measuring approx. 15 1/2 x 21cm) surfaced in Australia and featured in an auction of original art. Showcasing previously unseen artwork by renowned poster artist Daniel Goozee, the influence of his famous James Bond posters is clearly evident in the sketches above. From the top – Amazing renderings of Christopher Reeve battling himself in the junkyard with Richard Pryor looking on; An obvious homage to Octopussy as Superman contends with Disco babes with Pryor clinging onto his ankles and a clear Ken Adam/Moonraker take on Ross Webster’s lair with Robert Vaughn and Pryor conspiring against a backdrop of even more Bond babes. Although beautifully executed, alternate art (featuring Reeve and Pryor airborne) was utilized for the teaser poster for Superman III but Goozee would paint the final art used on the UK Quad poster and go on to complete the quartet by painting the poster for Superman IV

Man Of Silicone…

US Based sculptor Bob Causey is arguably the most prolific and talented sculptor of Superhero properties in the world. Having perfectly rendered in silicone everything from Ron Perlman’s Hellboy to Heath Ledger’s Joker, this is maybe his fourth attempt at capturing the iconic face of Christopher Reeve and apparently has gone one better and brought him back to life…!
On the left is the prototype with temporary glass eyes and without final makeup (Which will be completed using one of Stuart Freeborn’s original makeup charts for Reeve) and on the right is SuperFan and artist Sebastian Columbo’s digital rendering of how the final piece may look. The future for this piece is under option now as there will be more than one version with at least one being offered for purchase by
Hollywood Collectables Group…

Superman IV Storyboards Cont’d…

More from the pencil of Martin Asbury – this sequence on the balcony of Lex Luthor’s Penthouse made it more or less completely intact in the finished picture save for a Nuclearman gimmick or two. Notice how Nuclearman himself is rendered as a featureless Golem as intended in the script back when Christopher Reeve was to portray both characters. Nuclearman was cloned from Superman’s DNA after all…