Ultimate 1:1 Progress…

SUPERMANIA is proud to finally present the finished bust portion of the 1:1 Christopher Reeve as Superman statue as painted by celebrated special effects makeup artist Richard Martin.  Having had considerable experience with various Superman figures among many others,  Rich was the natural choice for taking this reinforced resin cast and finishing it to his usual top-class standard.  In contrast to Seb Columbo’s/Action Costumes recent masterwork, my brief to Rich was not to make this a refined, idealized version of Superman but an accurate, weathered, warts & all likeness to the actor in the role.  This accounts for Rich’s application of layers of skintone shades, stubble shadow and even shaving rash to achieve the desired effect.  With false eyelashes topping the exquisitely fitted prosthetic eyes my greatest concern about the figure having ‘warmth’ in his expression and life in his eyes was addressed perfectly.   Upon delivery I used the Stuart Freeborn made lifecast to add further touches personally such as the ‘split’ right eyebrow, the mole cluster down the left cheek, the brown dye stain on the hairline and a ‘Makeup’ version of the chin cleft.  With the head now applied seamlessly to the mannequin torso I was free to further modify the 6’6″ mannequin to further emulate Reeve’s unique proportions – pictures to follow…!

*UPDATE* The original sculptor of this piece has been identified as ‘Nikolas’ of the Nikolas Art Studio.  Check out the sculpt as a work in progress here

The Bronze Edition…

Another stunning new creation fresh from the workshop of Action Costumes presented by pioneering artisan’s Sebastian’s Columbo and Molchasky.   The pictures above represent more than just the most screen-accurate replica of the Superman costume to date –  they chronicle a neverending pursuit of perfection.

Though Action have been producing the finest-quality Superhero apparel for some years, their dedication to narrowing the distinction between replica and real has been tireless.  Through continued support from the fanbase (contributing vital research) and the appointment of SuperFan Columbo as artistic director, this current version boasts specs taken from nothing less than a genuine costume (exhibited last year at the WB 75th anniversary exhibition in the Mostra de Valencia) where measurements and notes were taken to ensure a level of detail never before attempted (among them seam placement, logo width/shape, stitching and cape pleats) and replicated in perfectly colour-matched fabrics.  In a market flooded with replica’s of varying quality (some even claiming to be screenused) one should rest assured that the Bronze Edition is the next best thing to the real thing…

As a footnote, SUPERMANIA is pleased to report one of these outstanding replicas will soon be adorning my Ultimate 1:1 Superman display with updates and pictures of the finished project to follow…

Ultimate Superman 1:1 Update…

Two years since this project was first initiated, the kit has returned home unfinished after artist John May sadly had to abandon it due to work commitments. As shown in the pics above the mannequin has had much of the preparation work done and simply awaits final assembly and realistic paint-job. The fantastic artificial eyes (currently held in by Blu-Tac!) from Tech-Optics.com, impressive in photographs are stunning in-hand and bring the excellent sculpt to eerie life.
Finally, the great breaking news is another celebrated FX artist has expressed interest in completing the project and will be taking delivery soon…!
More updates as they happen…