A curious addition to the archives is this pair of unassuming tortoiseshell eyeglasses in the style of our favorite mild-mannered Daily Planet journalist. Look closer though and you’ll discover the familiar crest of his famous alter-ego on the arms and fine print confirming DC Comics endorsement in the year of the release for Superman: The Movie. I had no prior knowledge of the existence of these nor any other tie-in for eyewear related to the Movies so would like to extend my thanks to Alexei Lambley-Steel for showing me something ‘new’ and providing the pics from his collection…!
This month fans all over the world bode a sad but fond farewell to another one of its national treasures. You can read all about Ms. York’s incredible life and career here but to many she will always be remembered as Lara – Wife of Jor-El and Mother of Kal-El in Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman IV: the Quest For Peace. With her role unexpectedly expanded thanks to Marlon Brando’s omission due to escalating costs, her reassuring and sensitive appearance coaching her son in matters of the heart was one of the highlights of Superman II.
The autograph above was obtained for me in person while Ms. York was appearing in a play in London in the mid-2000’s. It is a centrepiece of my collection…
More the Big Red Book and the continuation of the first round the world encounter with Nuclear Man II. These scenes were among those omitted for the US release but present in the European cut. Printed in blue presumably as a revision, this is the first instance of incorporating stills from footage already shot into storyboards I’ve ever seen!
Second in a series of Movie-faithful replicas in 1/6 scale beginning with General Zod and concluding with Lex Luthor – Pictured above is the landmark first-ever officially licensed action figure bearing the likeness of Christopher Reeve. Though specially produced for the adult collector, for $60, these figures are somewhat basic and doll-like in their execution. While the headsculpt is passable, the paintwork is sub-standard and the body (revised by Mattel after disastrous reception of the prototype revealed at SDCC ’09) is still disproportionately top-heavy. As stated with Zod, these are not figures for cynics and if nothing else, fill a 30-year void. Nonetheless it is beautifully presented, the graphics of the box suitably retro and the accessories stellar (there’s something very exiting about a 1/6 Green Crystal) with the exception of the boots (which should’ve be made from vinyl). The costume is also an arguably reasonable representation of the screen-worn version, with nice bold chest shield replicated in yellow on the cape. Just pulled from sale by mattycollector.com, expect both this and Zod to re-appear on the site for the release of Lex Luthor in the coming months. With Hot Toys release (hopefully) fast approaching, this line will probably be notable for producing the first rather than definitive versions of these iconic characters.
My sincere thanks to Jim Bowers of Capedwonder.com who ensured this figure made a safe flight across the pond..!
From a bygone pre-Multiplex age when lobby cards adorned walls and merchandise from the Blockbuster of the week would be available in the lobbies of ‘A Cinema near you’. From the top – UK glossy programme, US Cardbacked Brochure, The Merit Publications Warner Bros. Superman Special (not strictly a programme but nonetheless some of the best imagery and synopses from the Movie available to this day!!) and Die-Cut Cast & Crew card…