October 27, 2014 – Editor’s Note: We are in the beginning stages of redesigning and reorganizing this website. My apologies if some of the pages disappear or load incorrectly over the next month or more. There will not be any updates on the site during this phase. Thank you for your continued support. Jim Bowers
Welcome to CapedWonder.com. Here you will be able to enjoy a large variety of rare, unique and high-quality Christopher Reeve and Superman movie photographs and artwork, as well as video clips and audio files, interesting and informative trivia, special features, articles and resources…all with improved navigation.
CapedWonder.com’s Mission is to Honor and Celebrate Christopher Reeve’s legacy as an Actor, Humanitarian, Teacher and Family Man; and to Honor the Directors, Filmmakers, Writers, Cast and Crew of the classic Superman movie series.
The world first came to know Christopher D’Olier Reeve in 1978 with his star-making portrayal of Superman in Superman-The Movie, setting a new standard for heroism and humility and becoming a larger-than-life role model and hero to many people of this generation. On May 27, 1995, Chris became a hero once again to a generation, putting a very human face to paralysis and spinal cord injuries; and showing extraordinary courage and determination, not only to build a new life for himself and his family, but also fight for the rights of the paralyzed and the disabled. In the nine and a half years that followed, until his passing on October 10, 2004, Chris showed the world that a cape and superpowers were not necessary to be a hero; perseverance, hope, love and humility, combined with inner strength and the will to live, made him a hero all over again.
Since CapedWonder.com’s official launch on March, 28, 2002, I have received many personal letters, compliments and suggestions from fans and celebrities about the site and my mission to honor Christopher Reeve’s legacy as Man and Superman. I am very grateful for the many giving and honest fans and friends I have met during this 10-year+ long journey.
Some folks have had the impression that I work for Warner Bros., and that I worked on the Christopher Reeve Superman film series. The truth is that I was in high school when the first movie was being filmed. Today, my profession and passion include high-end commercial/corporate photography, graphic design and marketing. You can read more about me here.
It has been a truly wonderful and rare privilege to know some of the Superman celebrities, directors, producers and other movie industry professionals, and books editors, designers and publishers; and to have the opportunity to be a research/creative consultant and imaging contributor for corporations such as Warner Bros., DC Comics, Taschen Publishing, Film Score Monthly/Screen Archives Entertainment and Cinemaquette.com, and image reference provider for Hot Toys, Sideshow Toys and various private figure/statue/bust commissions and projects.
From many years of research, studying hundreds of location, set, and publicity photographs, and discussions with celebrities, movie crew members, and other die-hard fans, I’ve gained much insight on the Reeve Superman movie series (and film-making in general). It’s a fascinating and unique part of film history that has captivated me for more than thirty years. I know there is much more to learn, experience and share, and that challenge is always very exciting to me!
So to everyone who has supported CapedWonder.com and been responsible for my good fortune, I thank you very, very much…again. It has been a honor to be able to share this website and its content with all of you.
Thanks for visiting today, and for taking the time to read this page.
Together, let’s Celebrate the Legacy of Christopher Reeve — a True American Hero.
J i m B o w e r s
Background and Credits
Born in the early 1960s, I am an Army brat who has lived from Alaska to Panama, Canal Zone. My father was a highly decorated Army Infantry Airborne/Ranger Colonel, and my grandfather was a distinguished Army Major General. After graduating from a military college, I had the honor of serving my country as an Army Transportation Corps officer during and after Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada. After military life, I spent much of my time in the photography industry until moving to the Western United States, where I’m married and very happy. Today, I enjoy my career as a photography, imaging and marketing professional.
My dad taught me not to tolerate anyone’s negative energy; never compromise my integrity, morals or values; hold people accountable; treat responsible, honest, hard-working people with respect, tact, common courtesy and manners; be giving and help others; give credit where credit is due; and ask for what I want. My mom taught me the power of kindness and laughter. Thank you for being great parents Mom and Dad!
My “Super” credits include Research Consultant for the three 2001 Superman-The Movie Special Edition DVD documentaries; Graphics/Photography Contributor to the 2006 Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition and Christopher Reeve Superman Collection DVD box sets; Creative Consultant and Photographer for the 2008 Superman-The Music (1978-1988) 8-CD music box set; and Photography Contributor to the 2008 Special Effects Superman: The Art and Effects of Derek Meddings coffee table book. I also contributed materials to the 1998 DC Comics books, Superman: The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Man of Steel and Superman Masterpiece Edition: The Golden Age of America’s First Super Hero. In July 2010, I was credited in the Cinemaquette Superman booklet.
I have been exposed to over 30 years of history of the Christopher Reeve Superman movie series, with focus and emphasis on photographs, promotional materials and collectibles (movie and non-movie). Through years of research and networking with fellow fans, celebrities, collectors and motion industry professionals, I have gathered a great deal of fascinating and highly-detailed information and materials. I am not an official movie prop authenticator, nor am I able to share my views or opinions about a prop’s origin, accuracy, authenticity or inauthenticity, so I highly recommend visiting Original Prop Blog and spending some time there to get answers.