“He Can Fly Now…”

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SUPERMANIA returns after a spell in the Phantom Zone with an all-new update from our friend and longtime Superfan favourite Arnie Kim.

Perhaps best known as the talented sculptor responsible for his incomparable likenesses and scale replicas of Bruce Lee, his 1/6 scale Christopher Reeve Superman head for Hot Toys also remains the standard by which all others are judged –

But now Arnie has surpassed himself with the above reveal of this one of a kind semi-poseable mixed media quarter scale figure entitled ‘He Can Fly Now’ featuring accurate fabric costume (Designed by Yeo Jeungmin) and miniature acrylic eyes.

SUPERMANIA has faithfully followed Arnie’s progress on all his Superman projects over the last few years, from the genesis (and ultimate revision) of his Hot Toys sculpt to the limited quarter scale bust and is proud to present the culmination of his work with what must be considered the ultimate tribute to Reeve’s incarnation.

Besides the impeccable likeness (second pic) what sets the finished piece apart is the body proportions (so often overlooked by most commercial releases) where Reeve’s broad shoulders and long legs (third pic) put it in a different class than the likes of Sideshow Collectibles or the more recent offering from NECA, exhibiting a degree of realism most fans have been clamouring for.

Its not 100% perfect however – very minor quibbles regarding the size of the hands, low positioning of the belt, length of the boots and inaccurate cape shield do not detract from the overall effect where they might be dealbreakers on a lesser figure.

Alas, typically the statue is a personal work and therefore apparently not for sale until Arnie says otherwise – short runs of his bust when produced commanded stratospheric sums when offered so expect this to whip up a similar frenzy if offered.  Meantime, rumours abound of new and upcoming licensed Christopher Reeve statues from such revered companies as Blitzway and Prime One Studios, so there’s always hope…

99 Cards..!

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DSC_1284DSC_1279DSC_1278After a two-month hiatus, SUPERMANIA returns from the confines of the Xeno Galaxy with the long-overdue result of a fantastic collaboration in hand…

The product of years of diligent research, design and copy writing, this fan project has finally come to fruition and fulfilled its original brief – to plug a big hole in Superman collectable history.

Never officially produced for reasons still unknown, this Topps style Superman IV: The Quest For Peace Movie Picture Card series has been created from scratch using rare images compiled from the SUPERMANIA, Capedwonder.com and A Tribute To Christopher Reeve‘s joint collections to fill the void and illustrate the story of the longest, uncut version of the film as originally intended over 99  cards.

Considerable effort was made to give this set as authentically vintage appearance as possible to compliment the prior collections in the series perfectly and be indistinguishable in presentation and quality from any official release from the era (second pic) from the traditional title card (top pic) to the accompanying story breakdown on the reverse (incorporating all deleted scenes).

This full base set (Note: Stickers will be a future project) concludes with a special hand-numbered preview card (note; ‘AP’ Artists Proof) of the unmade feature Superman V (third pic, for fun as if the movie series were to continue) for this strictly-limited run of 50 sets (to tie in with Superman’s 50th anniversary at the time).

SUPERMANIA highlights that this is simply a wish fulfilment fan-art project and does not intend to infringe copyright in any way.  However, should you wish to learn more about the collection, feel free to leave comments below and an email address should you require more information…

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SUPERMANIA is proud once again to showcase the superlative works of SuperFan Jayce76 with all-new retro style ads for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace from his outstanding site Cinemazone Wallpapers.

For those of you with a fondness/guilty pleasure for output of the Cannon Group way back when, more fantastic pieces from Masters Of The Universe and the abandoned Spider-Man movie in similarly authentic style await…

True Blue…

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As showcased on the all-new site CinemaZone Wallpaper, these amazingly authentic-looking print ad style compositions continue Jayce long association with celebrating the classic Superman series.  All these unique creations from the best (and most obscure) cult properties from the silver screen are free to download.  See some of his equally stunning earlier works here and look out for more in future…

Ordway’s Super-Debut…

Comic_Reader1Comic_Reader2Comic_Reader3Comic_Reader4The genesis of an artistic partnership that would thrive for decades to come, the collage above (top) represents the first published Superman piece by one Jerry Ordway.

Found on the impressive wrap-around cover of pulpy but highbrow magazine ‘The Comic Reader’ for its November 1979 issue, Ordway’s dynamic but realistic style was a perfect compliment to the characters as represented in Superman: The Movie.

Of arguably more interest, however, were the contents of the magazine and in particular, the views of comic-book purists on this fresh take of what was, at the time, a 40 year-old beloved flagship character.

Indeed, the excellent review of the movie (cropped and reformatted here for ease of continuity, click for larger) is referred to by Mike Tiefenbacher as ‘refreshing & wonderful’, highlighting the major differences between the movie and the comic book but interestingly not to its detriment.  In fact, many of the observations here (modelwork on the dam/turning back the world) are still hotly debated today and some are even prophetic (describing it as a benchmark/suggesting a Superboy TV series/longer TV edits) all of which make for great reading.

Tiefenbacher’s follow-up piece is an insightful, personal critique of the character’s evolution which incorporates everything from ‘The Great Superman Book’ by Michael L. Fleisher to Elliot S! Maggin’s Superman: ‘Last Son Of Krypton’.  The latter notable for its mistaken identity as the novelisation of the movie.

If this has whetted your appetite for vintage reviews by comic journalists you may want to check back soon for scans from from the ‘Comics Journal’ – a monster review spread over two posts..!