A Sentimental Replica…

DSC_3218 (2)DSC_3224DSC_3210DSC_3222First shown case-fresh over a year ago on SUPERMANIA, Mattel’s DC Comics Multiverse 4″ General Zod action figure returns to Planet Houston having endured the full custom treatment.

Now somewhat more worthy of the ‘Highly detailed and authentic’ promise of the packaging, the discerning adult collector would surely appreciate the subtle cosmetic changes made to match this figure to his screen counterpart as shown in Superman II (and perhaps more literally in the Donner Cut)

In fact as custom mods go, this was a relatively simple task as the sculpt for the scale is rather magnificent and only diminished by a stock paintjob.  If anything the challenge here was to find a paint that would replicate the metallic maroon finish of the actual costume trim and boots (the boots themselves now residing at Propstore, click here for the story). When Mattel correctly emulated this detail on their great 1/6 scale Movie Masters figure in 2010 it was met with derision as the costume was generally perceived to be jet black. There would be no such ‘mistake’ with this later release.

Having tested dozens of colour combinations salvation would come in the form of nail polish of all things – a perfect balance of colour and shine applied to the appropriate areas – (top pic) only betraying hints of the maroon (second pic) just like the original costume on film.

With only a few more embellishments (chest hair and silvered temples) the figure was finished and photographed against the perfect backdrop of the Hot Toys Superman figure and the result when compared to the factory version speaks for itself.

The Superman figure from this line is next to receive the custom treatment but is typically a far more complex and intricate job – look out for him in a future post..!

99 Cards..!

S U P E R M A N I A  ‘7 8

W E L C O M E S  Y O U  T O  2 0 1 6 !

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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…

Top Of The World…

observer1-001observer2observer3observer4At arguably the height of his fame and looking cool on the cover (top) of the UK Observer Sunday magazine, Christopher Reeve gives a great candid interview to Lesley Thornton on the week of the British release of Superman III.

Clearly enamoured with the then 30-year old superstar, the interviewer manages to record Reeve’s career and insights economically and with charm – highlighting that though a big part of his success to may have been attributed to something he despised (youth marketing and sequels) the Superman films were kept to a good standard, even though this would allegedly be his last…

Sold..!

DSC_3533DSC_3552DSC_3556DSC_3521-001An unprecedented success with many lots outperforming their estimates by thousands, the Propstore’s Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction made headlines across the prop world while making many a collectors dream come true.

Luckily, SUPERMANIA managed a last-minute pilgrimage to The ODEON BFI IMAX in London to photograph the Superman items on display only hours before they went live.  Below are the highlights of the Super-sales along with the astonishing prices realised –

424.  Contact Sheets – £1,100

425.  Shooting Scripts – £4,750

426.  Autographed Still – £700

427.  Underwater Tunic – £25,000

429.  Large Kryptonian Crystal – £1,700

431.  Promotional Ephemera – £1,600

432.  Autographed Stills – £700

433.  Muscle Tunic – £20,000

436.  IV Script – £350

437.  Pod Prop – £4000

As expected, the well-publicised underwater tunic (second pic) stole the show with the Muscle tunic (third pic) nipping at its shorts at only five grand less.  Less expected were the amounts achieved by some of the smaller lots, with a single autographed still of Christopher Reeve going well above estimate at £700 and a folder full of essentially promotional clippings fetching £1,600 – most of which already present in the SUPERMANIA collection.

While many of these fabulous relics of movie history will take pride of place in private collections, The Starship Pod prop (bottom pic) was bought by Stateside SuperFan and Broadcaster Jay Towers, a prominent figure in Superman collecting and vocal supporter of the classic films.  SUPERMANIA wishes Jay all the best with his his purchase and hope he enjoys it for years to come..!

Dedication…

To AmandaTo ShannonSupermanMeToo-001Reeve_Auto_HighRes-002Today would’ve been the late Christopher Reeve’s 63rd birthday.  To celebrate his life and career SUPERMANIA presents some of the newest additions to the archive along with some classics shown previously.

Look no further than the Entertainment Memorabilia Live auction held by Propstore only last night to see how highly regarded, sorely missed and totally definitive Reeve’s portrayal of Superman was/is by the fact an autographed 10×8 (similar to those above) sold for an unprecedented £700.

Whereas the lot in question featured a dedication simply from ‘Chris’ all the above feature his full signature and have stories to tell all their own.  From the top – colour 8×10 obtained from Amanda as named – only a young girl when her father had this picture signed and recently salvaged after a tree smashed through their property.  Shannon’s loss, from the Dixie Trek Convention of 1994 (the only appearance Chris ever made) is documented here.

Sandra is the daughter of Edward Jaffery, a camera grip who worked on the first three Superman Movies:

“I am the Sandra in the photo!
My dad worked as part of the crew, working on this film at Pinewood Studios.
I was only a child at the time and didn’t get to meet Superman myself, but my dad worked alongside him daily and asked if he would sign this photograph for me, which he was very happy to do…”

And finally Mark was a fan and friend of a technician working on Superman II that had Chris sign inbetween takes.

All the above are great examples of how Chris’ portrayal touched people’s lives and his great dedications reflect what a great custodian and Super man he really was.

Rest in peace, ‘Toph…