Superman is the brainchild of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster who first envisioned the character in 1932 and later had his first appearance in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. What Jerry and Joe did not know at the time was that they had created a character that would become the signature icon of DC Comics and the most universally recognized hero in human history.
Since 1938, the character of Superman/Clark Kent has appeared in every imaginable media form including television, film, novelizations, and even a Broadway show.
Being Superman is the childhood fantasy of every little boy and girl (they of course want to be Supergirl). He is an enduring emblem of the American dream, the young immigrant who comes to the United States, embraces the culture and makes something of himself and enriches his adopted nation. He is a classical hero in the modern age who fights criminals, rescues the helpless and has a sense of morals and justice as strong and unshakeable as he is.
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Former official Superman for the town of Metropolis Illinois, Scott Cranford has partnered with Michael Critzer in the development of a new publication dedicated to the Man of Steel entitled "Superman's Book of Morals". Check out the following introduction to the book from Cranford himself:
I always thought Superman was the greatest character for teaching values to young children. I still do.
In the 1990s morals seemed to be less important in comic books. I saw superheroes slowly detaching from what they were founded on. I had a plan to change this "Superman's Book of Morals" a bedtime story book geared toward children's most formidable years, 3-7. This book could be read over and over to children to show them that morals are important. And, who better to tell them what being a real hero is all about than the most beloved superhero of all time?
I believed becoming Superman on screen would put me in a great position to teach children values through superheroes, and I set out to do so. When I lost the part of Superman/Clark Kent to friend Dean Cain for the TV series Lois and Clark, I felt down but not out. I visited Dean on the set of Lois and Clark, and tried to get him interested in motivating kids through superheroes, but he wasn't going for it.
Soon after, I pitched Superman's Book of Morals to DC Comics Superman editor Mike Carlin, who I had met working as a stand-in for Mr. Freeze on the film Batman and Robin. I did the art for a proposal book. It was crude, but I didn't have the resources to hire a professional artist. DC Comics had many fantastic artists, and I had a few in mind.
A short time later I received a rejection letter from DC Comics. They informed me they were working on something similar. I understood. A book did come out, but it was geared toward young teens and focused on one issue. After I saw it, I felt sick. I had failed. I felt like I let down a lot of children and parents. If only my art were better, or if only I had sold myself better.
In 2000 I won the role of Superman for the city of Metropolis, Illinois Superman Celebration after a nationwide search, but, it was not enough for DC Comics to take me seriously creatively. I put the morals up on my website www.HeroicWorld.com. Years later I received a call informing me that the U.S. Army wanted me to read the "Book of Morals" to children overseas on Military bases whose parents were fighting the Iraq War. The Good Will Tour was such a success, I was asked to return the following year. What I remember most about the experience was the reaction of the children to the "Book of Morals". Whether it was a group of a hundred kids or ten, they hung on every word. I was thrilled to see children excited about doing good. It really got them thinking. After the tour, I closed the book.
Recently I thought, what if I could present "Superman's Book of Morals" featuring all of Superman's greatest artists over the last 77 years. Then I realized, I could. Thanks to the internet, it's possible. My intention was never to make money from this book. My goal was to present Superman's positive message to as many children as possible, in the best possible way.
I had been following Michael Critzer's Iconic Superman Facebook page. He is a college professor at James Madison University in Virginia. I was impressed with the work he was doing and I felt like we were on the same page when it came to Superman. I contacted him and asked if he would be interested in helping me update the book and find illustrations to go with the content. I was thrilled when he agreed and we went to work. I then asked my friend, artist Steve Stanley, if I could use a piece of his art for the cover. Steve and I have worked on several Superman related projects. He graciously agreed.
It is a dream come true to be able to present this work in this fashion. I never thought I'd see the day. Many thanks to the legendary Superman artists who unknowingly contributed. I have never asked anyone to share anything on social media before, but if you know a child or a parent, I hope that you will share this.
Your friend in Heroics,
Read the complete "Superman's Book of Morals" publication at HeroicWorld.com.
Amazon has revealed two new companion book covers for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" titled "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Cross Fire" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Guide to the Man of Steel & Guide to the Caped Crusader".
"Cross Fire" will feature a story which takes place before the events of the upcoming film while "The Man of Steel & Guide to the Caped Crusader" - a 2 books in 1 compilation - will feature "everything fans need to know about the stars of the new film."
Check out the new covers below:
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" premieres in theaters and select IMAX locations on March 25th, 2016.
As we reported earlier today, Japanese toy company Miracle Action Figure EX (MAFEX) will release two new "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" action figures depicting the iconic superheroes from the highly anticipated film.
Tag Hobby has now posted the following images which offer an up-close and detailed look at the new 6-inch-tall highly articulated figures:
Each figure will release in July, 2016 for a suggested retail price of $50 (USD).
"Superman: III" is well known for taking a more comedic approach to the film franchise thanks in huge part to director Richard Lester's addition of Richard Pryor to the primary cast.
However, it is also known for one terrifying sequence in which actress Annie Ross is forcebly transformed into an android monster. Taking inspiration from this scene, film history appreciation website One Perfect Shot has put together the following re-edited trailer for the film titled "Superman: III — From Horrible to Horror" which transforms the movie into one of absolute horror:
CBS has released the following images from the upcoming seventh episode of "Supergirl" entitled "Human For A Day":
"Human For a Day" -- Kara and her friends must rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City. Also, Alex's mistrust of Hank reaches a breaking point when the earthquake traps them in the DEO with Jemm (Charles Halford), a powerful alien escapee, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Cleveland, OH Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee has unanimously approved the conceptual design of a Superman monument which will be displayed prominently along the city's lakefront.
Artist David Deming's concept calls for a 36-foot-high monument consisting of a stainless steel sculpture of the "Man of Steel" mounted atop a tapering pylon.
The pylon and sculpture would be set within a circular, 2,300-square-foot plaza embraced by the curving pedestrian ramp at the north end of the lakefront pedestrian bridge designed to connect the city's downtown Mall to lakefront attractions at North Coast Harbor.
The bridge, now being designed by Miguel Rosales and Parsons Brinckerhoff, carries an estimated cost of $33 million and is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The cost of the statue and pedestal is projected to be $3-million or more which will be financed through private donations made to Superman Statue LLC; a new, non-profit, company started by Richard Pace - a founding member of the Siegel and Shuster Society - and others.
Once financing is in place, the goal is to complete the Superman sculpture in time to be dedicated just after the lakefront pedestrian bridge is completed.
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis - the thrilling interactive 4-D dark ride, has received the 2015 Brass Ring Award for the industry’s Best New Product given by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions at its annual conference and trade show in Orlando, Florida. The thrill ride opened to rave reviews this summer at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington and Six Flags St. Louis and will debut at Six Flags Great America near Chicago and Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City in 2016.
“This ride is a game-changer in the regional and destination theme park industry and is hands down one of the most exciting and innovative attractions we have introduced in our 54 year history,” said Les Hudson, vice president of design for Six Flags. “The industry recognition underscores our company’s commitment to delivering new and innovative thrills in every park, every year.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis offers guests the ultimate dark ride adventure when they team up with The JUSTICE LEAGUE to outwit Lex Luthor and The Joker and save the city of Metropolis. As JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team members, riders travel in sleek six-passenger custom designed, motion-based vehicles and engage in a full-sensory battle, complete with 4D effects of fire, cannon blasts, and explosions all while experiencing hairpin, 360-degree turns and the world’s first-ever virtual loop on a dark ride. Six Flags and Sally Corporation - the industry leader in dark rides - in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, collaborated to bring this state-of-the-art attraction to life.
“We are honored to receive this acknowledgement from our industry peers,” said Sally Corporation CEO John Wood. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Six Flags to bring this experience to the next generation of thrill-seekers.”
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis was also named Best New Attraction by Theme Park Insider and chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Amusement Park Attractions by readers of USA Today and 10Best.
Diamond Select Toys line of DC Animated resin busts continues, with the second offering from "Superman: The Animated Series" – Superman himself!
Captured in the timeless animated style and sculpted by Varner Studios, the Last Son of Krypton stands approximately 6 inches tall, striking an action pose atop a pedestal inspired by the art-deco architecture of Metropolis. Packaged in a full-color box, the bust includes a certificate of authenticity and is limited to only 3,000 pieces.
The "Superman: The Animated Series" Superman Resin Bust retails for $59.99 and is estimated to arrive in Spring, 2016.
Sideshow Collectibles is currently offering one lucky individual the opportunity to win a "Man of Steel" premium format figure featuring Henry Cavill in his role of Superman from the 2013 blockbuster film.
Superman is fitted with a hand tailored replica of his distinctive new suit, with the Kryptonian symbol for hope emblazoned on his chest, and a fully poseable fabric cape. Featuring a stunning likeness of Henry Cavill as Superman, the artisans at Sideshow Collectibles crafted this outstanding figure in highly detailed 1:4 scale. Superman is composed of high quality PVC, fabric and polystone.
The contest runs through Tuesday, November 24th. Click here to enter now for your chance to win this DC collectible.
KARA AND HER FRIENDS MUST RELY ON THEIR INNER strength AND COURAGE WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NATIONAL CITY, ON “SUPERGIRL,” MONDAY, DEC. 7
“Human For a Day” – Kara and her friends must rely on their inner strength and courage when an earthquake strikes National City. Also, Alex’s mistrust of Hank reaches a breaking point when the earthquake traps them in the DEO with Jemm (Charles Halford), a powerful alien escapee, on SUPERGIRL, Monday, Dec. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The iconic Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on November 19. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.
In a career-making move, an obscure twenty-five year old Christopher Reeve was cast as Superman in the 1978 film directed by Richard Donner. The lanky 6’4” Reeve refused to wear a muscle suit under the costume and trained with bodybuilder and *Star Wars* actor Dave “Darth Vader” Prowse for several months to prepare for his role.
Academy Award-winning costume designer Yvonne Blake designed the Superman costume, which was constructed by Noel Howard for London-based Bermans and Nathans. The famous suit was made from a flexible formulated German-made fabric, which absorbed sweat stains.
Reeve played Superman four times and the costumes from each production were reused for various scenes in the sequels.
The label on the back of the blue tunic is typed “CHRISTOPHER REEVE / 12312 WITH MUSCLES / SUPERMAN.”
Reeve became a quadriplegic after falling from his horse during an equestrian competition in 1995. He was an advocate for spinal cord research and died in 2004 at the age of 52.
Bidding for the costume begins at $50,000. Additional information on the costume can be found here.
"Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist recently spoke with E! Online about her title on the series and what it means to carry on the legacy of the character. Here's an excerpt:
What have you learned about yourself from playing Kara and Supergirl?
This job is really teaching me things. It's forcing me to confront a lot of my fears in terms of confrontation and what that means and how you exhibit strength and power as a woman, but doing it with grace and kindness. That's mostly what I've learned from Kara. And she's insatiably hopeful and positive, even when things feel hopeless. She always has a silver lining in her mind. She always finds a way. That's part of how heroic she is. I definitely feel like that's inspired me. I don't know if I apply it to my day-to-day life, I don't know if I've really gotten a knack for that yet, but it's definitely inspiring.
I hope you weren't afraid of heights -
No. [Laughs.] That was not a fear of mine, thank goodness.
Helen Slater is your adoptive mom on the show and she's still tied to this role 30 years after she starred in the Supergirl movie. Are you prepared for that? This could be your legacy.
Yeah, I definitely feel that weight and I feel that responsibility, really, because the fans - if it's a success and they like you playing the role that they cover so much, that's amazing. I'm excited about that. I think that's a wonderful thing, to reach people that way. It is cool to be around her and Dean Cain and see how it shaped their lives.
The first officially licensed T-shirts for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" have been unveiled and feature new promotional art for the film.
There are four new designs which include two styles with the "Batman v Superman" logo, one of just the logo against a plain background and the other done in the style of a boxing poster with "The Gotham Guardian" pitted against "The Last Son of Krypton"; and two anti-superhero poster-inspired designs, one depicting a skeletal Batman with the phrase "Gotham Demon" and the other featuring a crossed-out image of Superman with horns drawn in and the graffitied words "False God!".
Each design, pictured below, are available for pre-order at $23.99 each through on-line retailer Merchoid.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" premieres in US theaters and select IMAX locations nationwide on March 25th, 2016.
We have partnered with Entertainment Earth to offer one lucky individual the opportunity to win one "Supergirl Chair Cape".
To enter, simply answer the Superman trivia question listed below along with your name, email address, and verification. Then click the "Enter Here to Win" button to submit your entry.
A winner will be selected and notified on Monday, November 30th. Good luck!
DATES OF INTEREST
11/12: Broadway musical "It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman" star Bob Holiday born in 1932.
11/17: Justice League animated series makes its debut on television in 2001.
11/18: With the release of Superman #75, the nation mourns the death of a hero.
11/23: The theatrical film Superman and the Mole Men premieres in 1951, leading to the successful television series.
11/28: Writer and artist Jerry Ordway (Superman) born in 1957.
11/30: Writer and artist Keith Griffen (Legion of Super-Heroes) born in 1952.
Take over your office or party by adorning your chair with the patent pending Chair Cape from Entertainment Earth! The Superman Classic Chair Cape is 24-inches long and includes a sturdy yet highly adjustable hook and loop based belt and strap to fit most size chairs.
This Superman Hybrid Metal Figuration Action Figure measures 5 1/2-inches tall and comes complete with four interchangeable hands, a poseable cape, and a display stand.
Based on DC Comics' 2003 Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson, here's Medicom's Real Action Heroes version of what the Man of Steel might have been like had he crash-landed in the U.S.S.R., not the U.S., as a baby!
Grill like your favorite superhero from DC Comics with this machine washable Superman Cook's Apron with Pocket! Designed for adults, this apron is one size fits all and made from 100% cotton.
Baby Kal-El of Krypton is rocketed to Earth by his biological parents where he is raised by Jonathan & Martha Kent in the rural town of Smallville. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent, he adopts a mild-mannered disposition in Metropolis and develops a romance with Lois Lane, while battling the villainous Lex Luthor.