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!