Ultimate Reeve Superman 1:1 Progress….

As mentioned in previous posts, running concurrently with John May’s work on the Superman mannequin is an ultimate costume project headed by SuperFan Sebsatian Columbo. Still in development as a result of hard research (with thanks on my part to Chris King who provided the early mockup of the costumed mannequin pictured top) and all-new measurements from a real Reeve costume provided with the kind assistance of supermanjaviolivaresnews.blogspot.com, achieving the most screen-accurate replica is closer to reality than ever before. Pictured above is Sebas protoypes for the costume and cape symbols with their respective fabrics and bottom is the finished belt made by me utilizing a resin cast of an original belt buckle...


This is my last post before New Year so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their continued support during this first year of SUPERMANIA and in return I promise to keep the rarities and surprises coming in 2011 so please, stay tuned and Happy New Year to all SuperFans…!

12″ Of Steel…

With the availability of Christopher Reeve’s likeness finally available to toy companies and in great anticipation of Hot Toys revealing their take on The Real Man Of Steel, shown above is the greatest representation to date of Reeve in action figure form. Totally handmade using cast parts from various 1/6 action figures topped with an all-original headsculpt, US artist Kristopher Meadows first submitted his prototype (pictured top) for a custom figure competition in the pages of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest in the mid-nineties. Based on euphoric fan reaction Kris then produced a VERY limited run for a few lucky collectors. From the screen-accurate costume fabric to the real leather boots, this custom has a quality unsurpassed by many of today’s offerings having been produced by a passionate fan with considerable care and attention. Christopher Reeve himself endorsed the artist later in the years before his passing by having one of Meadows portraits hanging from the wall of his office…

 

‘The Collection…’

Exclusive to the UK and released around 1989, Superman; The Collection was one of the first video boxsets made available by Warner Bros.  Culled from the second run of individually released titles and repackaged as ‘The Superheroes’ collection (Including Supergirl and other WB catalog titles including Santa Claus: The Movie) the set was  expensive at the time and therefore a rarity today.

Contained in a handsome box utilizing elements of the shield artwork from Superman: the Movie and Daniel Goozee’s painting for the Superman IV: The Quest For Peace poster, its interesting to note how many production companies were tied into the distribution (WB/Weintraub/Cannon/Hollywood NItes) before Warner’s regained full ownership.  It would be decades before advances in technology would permit them to exploit the titles once again in a far more definitive boxset on DVD…

Chow For Now…

One in a series of cultural icons of the 20th century rendered in considerable style is this illustration of Christopher Reeve’s Superman by UK artist Stanley Chow. From an impressive portfolio with work appearing from everything to The Washington Post to Vanity Fair his instantly recognizable iconography is both amusing and modernist. Check out his other caricatures and order the Reeve is Superman print here