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Superman - created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
It was in June 1938 that Superman first graced that now infamous Action Comics cover but the first inklings of the Man Of Steel had their origins in a sleepless night in 1933. Jerry created this super being, and by morning found himself running over to his friend Joe's place and telling him the idea. The two began to fluch out a full story.
He wasn't quite the man he is now...he could leap 40 feet in the air, and bullets bounced off his chest, and oddly enough, was set to be a mastermind villain with (of course) his mind set on world domination.
Even with all the 'hard work' done, the creation, the comic strips, the look of the character...selling a strip to the newspaper syndicates was never an easy one. Rejections piled up but timing was on their side.
Harry Donenfield, publisher of DC Comics was on the hunt for some new material for an anthology to be released. He was discussing the matter with heads of the McClure Syndicate who had recently received material from Shuster and Siegel and the editor Sheldon Mayer championed their work.
Eventually a deal was struck between Donnenfeld and the two young creators. With a standard release signed he had them re-writing their pages and within three weeks a 13 pages Superman story would make its way into Action Comics #1. Those 13 pages cost Donnenfeld a mere $130 or, $10.00 a page. The twist to all of this is, in order to preserve space the beginning of the story was cut and would not be restored until the following year in Superman #1.
While Superman appeared in almost every Action Comic afterward, he did not always grace his cover and DC didn't realize the hit they had until people started asking for Superman comic specifically.
By January 16, 1939 Superman was in a daily newspaper strip. By 1941, over 300 newspapers were publishing the comic which Shuster himself would draw up until 1947. Superman would go on to be a world wide success though neither Joe or Jerry (even after a lengthy court battle) would ever really reap the benefits of their work.
Joe died on July 30, 1992 and Jerry passed away on January 28, 1998.
The Superman Curse: Really, just bad luck I figure...but still it is an interesting thing to chart. We have George Reeves who played Superman in the early films and TV show who commits suicide. Christopher Reeves with his riding accident that leaves him paralyzed and Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane who suffers a mental breakdown. Makes an actor think of the whole Macbeth curse...so Tom Welling (Smallville) should keep his eyes open.
|Superman: The Movie (1978): Soaring even higher in a state-of-the-art digital transfer from restored elements and with dynamically remixed digital audio, the Academy Award®-winning adventure also now includes eight minutes integrated into the film by director Richard Donner. Enjoy more footage of the Krypton Council, a glimpse of stars of prior Superman incarnations, more of Jor-El underscoring his son's purpose on Earth and an extended sequence inside Lex Luthor's gauntlet of doom. Christopher Reeve (Superman/Clark Kent), Marlon Brando (Jor- El), Gene Hackman (Luthor) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) give indelible performances that fuel the film's aura of legend.
DVD features include: Feature-Length Director Commentary, A very cool Music-Only Audio Track, 3 Behind-The-Scenes Documentaries, Deleted Scenes, Screen Tests, Audio Outtakes and your standard interactive menus and trailers.
Superman 2: As much as I like the first movie I find this one even more fun. Three fugitive super-powered Kryptonian do-badders (Terence Stamp, Sarah Douglas and Jack O'Halloran) plan to enslave the Earth -- just when Superman decides to show a more romantic side to Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). The timing is off for the son of Jor-El, but it's ideal for a special-effects fan's dream come true as Metropolis comes under siege.
Superman 3: Let's be honest here folks, after Superman: The Movie's epic storytelling and Superman II's awesome battles, how could the first two hits be topped? Well...you can believe the hype from the studio...I just think they missed the boat on this one. (Studio Hype follows): In Superman III, meet Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a half-witted computer programming natural. For him a keyboard is a weapon and Superman faces the microelectronic menace of his life. Christopher Reeve reprises his most beloved role, deepening his character's human side as Clark Kent reunites with an old flame (Annette O'Toole) at a Smallville High class reunion. And when Superman becomes his own worst enemy after Kryptonite exposure, Reeve pulls off both roles with dazzling conviction. While that last part about Reeves is true, the film is so absurd and bizarre in parts that no one cares...as for the computer stuff...well, it sure does look hoky and if you believe people just happen to have a 'knack' with computers without working or relating to them in some fashion then you are being taken for a ride!
Superman 4: Christopher Reeve not only dons the hero's cape for the fourth time in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace but also helped develop the film's provocative theme: nuclear disarmament. "For me, it's the most personal of the entire series," Reeve says. "It directly reflects what Superman should be, and should be doing." Superman does a lot this time around. To make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, archvillain Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two foes clash in an explosive extravaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, plug a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna and rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China. Not quite up to snuff but good for the kids.
Superman (Animated): When I was studying animation these were some of the first few cartoons the 'pro's' threw up on the screen for us to check out. A must for any animation buff...
In September 1941, four years after his action comics debut, Superman exploded onto theater screens for the first time. Skeptical audiences embraced this new breed of animation enthusiastically, appreciative that for the first time there was a cartoon that told human stories without the need to rely on humorous animals. With this project, the Fleischers knew that they had a chance to create something with lasting impact. In fact, the highly stylish adventures that follow proved so powerful, that they would have an influence on every 'Superman' production from that day forward.
The Batman Superman Movie (1998): A more modern take on the caped crusader and Man of Steel as they team up to fight crime. Actually a very fast moving film with lots of action and some solid plot to tie the two characters together, unlike the old DC or Marvel team up issues where there was just some weak link made strong enough to sell a pile of issues.
Superman Vs. The Mole Men: The Man of Steel (played by George Reeves, not Christopher) made his first leap from the boob tube to the big screen in this celluloid adventure back in 1958.
Bespectacled newsman Clark Kent arrives in a small Midwestern town to do a story on an unusually deep oil well. Soon he discovers that the hole leads to a subterranean realm inhabited by a race of radioactive misfits.
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