“Time Out…!”

More amazing vintage behind the scenes images from the unpublished SUPERMANIA collection – this time on the backlot of Elstree Studios where the battle between Superman & Nuclearman I was shot on cold winter nights in 1986.  From the top – Christopher Reeve atop one of the many primitive apparatus rigged to assist the illusion of takeoff,  actor Clive Mantle wielding the lamp-post prop he’s ‘torn’ out from the ground moments before to use as a club – a crew view of the Metropolis street set (notice the trailer for the trashed cars and the various signs that appear throughout the movie) and finally Reeve & Mantle confer surrounded by crew members…

More to come..!

Nuclear Slam Dunk…

A special Thanksgiving treat -presenting another genuine SUPERMANIA exclusive – acquired directly from an anonymous on-set source come these incredible behind the scenes prints taken in the flying unit at Elstree Studios circa 1986.  Suspended by harnesses above the camera crew on the studio floor are Christopher Reeve and Mark Pillow shooting the scene of Nuclearman’s capture and demise.  In similar fashion to archived posts, These photographs are part of a new bulk lot chronicling the making of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and will feature ONLY on this blog – Many more exciting additions to come..!

Look Out…

A piece of pure 80’s nostalgia – ‘Look-In’ was touted as the ‘Junior TV Times’ but its real purpose was fanboy media in a pre-digital age.  Part comic, (featuring full original strips from Buck Rogers, Knight Rider, The Fall Guy and Street Hawk, etc. with amazing art by Superman IV storyboard artist Martin Asbury among others that to this day has never been collected and/or republished) part Pop review (featuring all the artists of the era such as Culture Club, The Thompson Twins & Paul Young) and Movie feature, where an entry in the Superman series always commanded attention…

Enjoy the cover, feature and ‘Colour centre’ from this vintage mag – this poster hung for years on my bedroom wall.  My thanks to SuperFan Chris King for restoring it!

Super-Icons…

Currently in exhibition at the appropriately futuristic EMP (Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum) in Seattle, Washington are these two incredible artifacts from the Superman series.  Since June 2012 the ‘Icons Of Science Fiction’ display has wowed visitors with an impressive collection of authentic props and costumes from Alien to Star Trek while offering an insight into Sci-Fi’s literary roots.

From the top; SuperFan and colleague Jason DeBord of the original prop blog photographed the original Superman costume from Superman IV: The Quest For Peace on a recent visit – though a pristine example the belt stands out as reproduction and the squat nature of the mannequin lend the display odd proportions (third pic from google search)

The museum’s real coup, however, is the detailed miniature of the baby Kal-El Starship from Superman: The Movie preserved with its pylons and even some of its clear ‘flying’ lines intact.  Though an unknown number of these type of miniatures were produced by Derek Meddings’ team, its scale  makes me think it could be traced back to last being on public display in London’s Planet Hollywood.  Still an impressive design, the amazing shot by Eric Skaar (bottom pic) depicts it in all its otherworldly glory.

Read Jason DeBord’s full report on the visit here

“With A Big Red…”

Another SUPERMANIA exclusive – presenting the very first prototype 1:1 costume cape made by Sebastian Columbo at Action Costumes to the exact specifications taken from an original costume (exhibited last year for the DC Comics 75th anniversary in Valencia, Spain).  This cape is the first to be size, colour and fabric matched with an accurately rendered yellow shield in anticipation of production of the Bronze Edition costume available to order now.  Those with a keen eye will have spotted the shield has a marginally thicker outline and lack of yellow ‘flash’ at the border – Seb acknowledges this and production examples will have a more accurate ‘handmade’ look going forward.  As my ‘wearable’ costume is an older example I felt compelled to purchase this cape to marry them up as the drape and flow of this cut is exemplary.  Congratulations to to Seb and AC for bringing us one step closer to the real thing…!