"We Have Located All The Footage.."

This collage of images culled from the Superman IV; Deluxe Edition DVD represent a very special memory for me as this was irrefutable proof that not only did these scenes exist, but would finally, finally be released. I remember first reading the news (and nearly falling out of my chair) during a WB Q&A about the Ultimate Edition Box Set and the casual announcement that “All the footage from Superman IV had been found” and there “Will be a considerable amount of deleted scenes”. I still refused to believe it until I saw the list of chapters themselves for rating by the BBFC. Then upon the boxset release, SuperFan Sebastian Columbo sent me the images above. Considering the footage was the subject of volumes of speculation and debate that would litter the Internet for years, the only agreement across the board was that it would never be seen. A true highlight of my fandom and thanks to WB for making it happen…

Japanese Starlog…

From cover to (backward) cover, this quartet of publications (with Japanese text) above are easily the definitive photo reference for the first three Superman Movies, mostly in extraordinary colour. From the top; Starlog Publications Superman: The Movie Companion, Japanese Starlog magazine June 1979, Superman II Roadshow booklet and Superman III Companion. Occasionally popping up on eBay for ever-escalating amounts, my recommendation for starting a Superman Collection (besides the Topps Trading Cards) will forever be Book One…

World’s Waxiest Hero…

The Superman exhibit in the Movieland Wax Museum had the distinction of being the first (and most expensive) installation dedicated to the blockbuster movie of 1978. Featuring a great (albeit slightly cross-eyed) likeness of Christopher Reeve, the figure also exhibited one of the original costumes from the production and was housed in a custom-made Fortress Of Solitude style set. A top attraction for many years, time and dwindling numbers meant the Museum would close its doors forever in 2005, by which time the Superman figure (in similar fashion to the display in Madame Tussauds, London) had been stripped of its original costume (third pic down) before being sold in auction for $16,000 just days after the untimely death of Dana Reeve. From the top – full page ad from The Superman II Collectors Album, exclusive official postcard, the waxwork as last seen and Museum leaflet announcing the arrival of the World’s Mightiest Hero…