The Crystal Mask…

Aquired from the Propstore Of London nestled amongst a bulk lot of Superman: The Movie production ephemera come these treasures from the Dovemead Ltd. Art Dept. These never-before-published contact sheets depict early studies of Marlon Brando’s Jor-El for his appearance on krypton and later in the Fortress Of Solitude. The reel of the Crystal mask is arguably the best study of the prop to date while the bottom sheet records Brando’s first day on-set…

Stunt Team ’87…

Shown above are genuine branded crew-used garments acquired from the Propstore Of London some years ago and easily some of the favorite pieces of my collection. I often wear the Stunt Team jacket to conventions and such and always get good notices. Margot Kidder even asked if I had worked on the picture (I would have been 15 years old at the time). The jacket is visible in some behind the scenes footage of the excised Nuclearman 1 fight from a TV special hosted by Johnny Ball – see it here

Metropolis In Miniature…

As seen in The Making Of Superman II, This elaborate, handmade and intricately detailed model set was commissioned by Producer Ilya Salkind to accommodate the visual effects shots deemed too impractical to shoot full-scale of the devastation caused by the Super-Villians throughout the climactic Metropolis battle.
From the top; Derek Meddings surveys the set while showering it with oil to simulate rainfall, Genuine set-used street sign props, One Way lamp-Post sign (measuring approx. 3 x 8 1/2cm) Bus Stop sign (measuring approx. 7 1/2 x 5 1/2cm), and a group shot of the talented British Model Unit with their creation.  This sequence, (eventually filmed by Richard Lester)ranks amongst some of the finest miniature work from the Superman series and indeed, of the era being practically undetectable to this day…