21 December 2014
It doesn’t get much better than the 1990 World’s Finest prestige format mini-series written by Dave Gibbons with artwork by Steve Rude. Steve Rude is in my top five favorite Superman artists, and I am so pleased to own an original piece (below).
Check out Joe Jusko’s great Action Comics variant covers. See more of his art here.
I am a big fan of Superman8193′s classic comic book cover wallpapers on Deviantart. Check out all of his work here.
This great mashup of Gravity and Superman IV made me laugh out loud. Enjoy!
20 December 2014
I love this Christmas short story, Man in Red, which appeared in the DC Universe Holiday Special #1 (2009) comic book and was released in December 2008. Find a copy and add it to your collection.
19 December 2014
I am filled with gratitude for Brian McKernan, Bill Williams, Aaron Price, Michael Stribling, Gerard Sison, Ty Bjornson, Alex Lydiate and Julian Adderley. Thank you very much, gentleman, for your tremendous contributions and support in 2014.
18 December 2014
Superfan Tim Allen sent me a wonderful Christmas card from the UK, which I received today. Thank you Tim!
Below is Tim’s artwork from inside the card. I’ve made it a 1920 x 1280 wallpaper for your enjoyment!
My Super Friend Aaron Price has been incredibly supportive and has made so many amazing image contributions to this website for many years. Thank you so much Aaron!
Below is a photo of Aaron holding two metal prints that I recently sent to him as a gesture of friendship and appreciation.
I recently visited with my friend, artist Kristopher B. Meadows. Below is the raw footage of three videos I shot at his house (please pardon the ultra-wide angle from my GoPro).
Be sure to visit Kris’page here.
16 December 2014
A Step Toward Tomorrow. One of the first films Christopher Reeve starred in after his 1995 accident.
16 December 2014
Please enjoy this video of my custom Christopher Reeve Superman costume for the 1:6 scale Hot Toys figure.
This isn’t Superman, but it is Christmas and John Williams…enjoy!
15 December 2014
Released on this day in 1978 in U.S. theaters.
Here’s last year’s 35th anniversary Superman-The Movie videos edited and narrated by Julian Francis Adderley for CapedWonder.com.
“Superman opened in about 500 theaters and grossed $7.5 million over its inaugural weekend, one of the most successful openings the industry had seen to that point.” — read more from the excellent 35th anniversary retrospective, STILL BELIEVING A MAN CAN FLY, by MICHAEL COATE.
May I present CONNOR McNAMARA, a long-time Christopher Reeve and CapedWonder fan, who recently sent me the fantastic art you see below. I thought it was very appropriate to share it with you today on this 36th anniversary of Superman-The Movie.
Thank you, Connor, for sharing your wonderful work with us.
Here’s more from Connor:
I’m a school teacher who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve been a huge Superman-The Movie fan since I first saw the film back in 1978 as an eight-year-old. The film had such an impact on me and I can still remember being in total awe as the helicopter rescue unfolded on screen (it must be something about being born on September 8th).
I’ve always loved drawing and painting and over the years my favourite subject has been Christopher Reeve. I’ve never had any formal art training and art is just a hobby that I enjoy (when I get the time). Two years ago I bought an iPad and began exploring digital art apps. I’m still very much a novice, but have fallen in love with digital art. I still work as if I was creating a traditional painting (without the mess) but being able to work on separate layers allows for re-sizing, correction and experimentation with each element of the artwork individually.
Flying Up (Digital Painting –iPad –ProCreate)
I’ve always loved the image used on the international Superman-The Movie poster. My interpretation of the design was that by having Superman breach the border he was coming out of the image e.g. from comic into reality. I have always thought that the pose used in the design was a combination of poses used in classic comic art – specifically Action Comics #419.
The sequel posters are all based on artwork rather than photographs and place superman within the artwork, as well as incorporating backgrounds associated with the film.
These were the main inspirations for the artwork; the idea was to create an artwork/poster that drew from the original design, as well as the sequel images.
The pose mimics the Action Comics cover and the background is based on the bottom section of the original international poster design with modified buildings to create the Daily Planet and street.
The reference for the face is from one of the flag portraits (hands on hips). I used my Hot Toys figure as a reference for the body and my own hands were the reference for hands in the image.
In summary, I wanted to create an artwork that paid tribute to Christopher Reeve and some (not all) of the incredible moments in the film.
I tried to the best of my ability to reference and accurately place details into the picture. From the position of the helicopter on the Daily Planet Logo, the helicopter tail damage, Lois’ body position on the logo, damage to the Daily Planet rooftop, windsock on the Daily Planet rooftop, the number of window lines on the Daily Planet building, the number of criminals on the boat, Officer Mooney and the police sergeant, the Hotel Coop sign, the colour and shape of the rockets, the colour of 1970’s New York police cars, and direction of traffic (we drive on the other side of the road in Australia).
– Connor McNamara, December 15, 2014
Here is Connor’s response after seeing his images on this website:
“Say Jim, That’s a Baaad outlay…………………………………….WHOA”
I’ve just had a look at the page and it is AMAZING!!!!! – AMAZING!!!!!
I’m so humbled that you went to so much effort and it means the world coming from you because you are like the Godfather of this movie. As Richard Donner said “The Keeper of the Flame”.
I feel honoured to have been able to contribute something (albeit small) to what I consider the Holy Grail of websites.
“Go Forward” knowing that your generosity and your passion are respected, appreciated and valued around the world.
With Gratitude and Regards – Connor”
Please enjoy more of Connor’s Christopher Reeve Superman art below.
14 December 2014
Released on this day in 1978 in UK theaters.
On this day in 1978, the Hollywood Premiere of Superman-The Movie took place at the Mann’s Chinese Theater for the benefit of the American Diabetes Association. Pictured are Christopher Reeve, Gae Exton, Margot Kidder, Tom Mankiewicz, Richard Donner, Gene Hackman, Olivia Newton-John, Gary Owens (American disc jockey and voice actor, most famous from his work on the TV show, Laugh-In) and more!
Download the entire Hollywood Premiere official program as a PDF file here.
13 December 2014
On this day in 1978, the Royal Premiere of Superman-The Movie took place at Empire Leicester Square Theatre in London, England for the benefit of Variety Clubs of Great Britain. An after party/press junket also took place with Ilya Salkind, Pierre Spengler, Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve, Sarah Douglas, Susannah York and many others.
Below are select scans from the Royal Premiere official program and two premiere tickets (all from the CapedWonder Collection); included are photos from the program showing the quality of the gold foil paper used throughout (that paper did not scan well which is why photos were shot instead). Also featured below are photos from both the premiere and the after party/press junket.
See more scans and photos on supermania78.com.
12 December 2014
11 December 2014
On this day in 1978, the New York Premiere of Superman-The Movie took place at Loew’s Astor Plaza Theater in New York City.
Thanks to Brian McKernan for the New York Time December 11, 1978 scan, and Getty Images for additional photos. Save the newspaper scan to your computer and then open and zoom in to read the copy.
10 December 2014
On this day in 1978, the Presidential Premiere of Superman-The Movie took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as a benefit for the Special Olympics.
Below are scans and photos from that evening, as well as a December 10, 1978 comic strip that appeared in newspaper around the United States. The autographed photo was signed to Jim Bowers by Ilya Salkind.
The affair was a fantastic start to what would become a whirlwind week of Super celebration for the Man of Steel’s much-anticipated arrival on the silver screen.
Thanks to Brian McKernan for the Starlog and comic strip scans, and Getty Images for additional photos.
Please enjoy these CapedWonder images as part of our celebration of the 36th Anniversary of Superman-The Movie.
One cannot help but wonder if Superman-The Movie inspired the filmmakers of the future San Andreas movie (showing the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles and Hoover Dam in Nevada). The top two screenshots are from Superman-The Movie and the bottom two screenshots are from San Andreas.
Please enjoy Oliver Harper’s Superman-The Movie retrospective from December 2013.
09 December 2014
Coming for Christmas and Coming this Christmas.
Silver mylar advance One-sheet posters, courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
08 December 2014
This incredible art of Marlon Brando as Jor-el and Christopher Reeve as Superman, entitled “Sleep”, is based on Michelangelo’s Pietà seen here, and was created by Firnadi Iqbal, a graphic artist and digital painter from Indonesia. See more of his work here.
04 December 2014
28 November 2014
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 was a big day for Superman movie fans. On that day, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut was released on DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray, along with The Christopher Reeve Superman Collection and Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition box sets, Superman 1-4 on DVD, and Superman-The Movie on HD-DVD and Blu-ray. Included here is the Donner Cut cover that was designed, but never released.
25 November 2014
Happy 94th Birthday to Noel Neill, our Original Lois Lane!
24 November 2014
September 25, 2002. Actors Christopher Reeve (R) and Robin Williams pose for photographers as they arrive at party to celebrate Reeve’s 50th birthday in New York City.
21 November 2014
Happy 30th Anniversary Supergirl!
13 November 2014
Please enjoy the newest addition to the CapedWonder Collection! Arnie Kim’s 1:4 scale Christopher Reeve Superman bust. It is a superbly accurate rendering of Christopher Reeve and we thank Arnie for his incredible talent! Hopefully one day this will be used for an officially licensed 1:4 Christopher Reeve Superman figure.
24 October 2014
Please enjoy these two panoramics that I created using 10 Blu-ray screenshots.
23 October 2014
Please take a moment to view this fine tribute (thank you Julian Adderley, good sir).
Great videos from Martin Lakin.
22 October 2014
I had a fantastic evening with Jeff East last night. He’s a swell guy and a BIG fan of CapedWonder.com and all of our Super efforts. We look forward to having Jeff as our guest at WonderCon 2015!
Below please enjoy the photo of Jeff and me taken last night, a cemetery panoramic (from 10 Blu-ray screenshots), a farm panoramic (from seven Blu-ray screenshots) and the CapedWonder WonderCon 2015 banner. (The panoramic is a big file, so give it some extra time to appear.)
21 October 2014
Three original posters by Jim Bowers and Ramon Casares using Bob Peak’s poster art. The flying Superman is an original creation by Jim and Ramon that Warner Bros. Home Video acquired from CapedWonder.com as part of their 2006 DVD art.
14 October 2014
On the 10-Year Anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s Passing, Breakthrough in Paralysis Research Prompts Initiative to Fast-Track Groundbreaking Therapy
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Launches “The Big Idea” Campaign to Raise $15 Million for the Next Phase of Epidural Stimulation Research to Enable People Living with Spinal Cord Injury to Recover Autonomic and Motor Functions
SHORT HILLS, NJ. (October 9, 2014) – On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the passing of actor and activist Christopher Reeve (9/25/52 – 10/10/04), today, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation launched the most ambitious effort in its history – “The Big Idea” – to raise $15 million to fund the next phase of epidural stimulation research and bring life-changing therapy to more individuals living with spinal cord injuries. All campaign and research information can be found at www.reevebigidea.org.
The once inconceivable notion that a damaged spinal cord could be repaired is closer to reality, as reported in an April 2014 study published by researchers from UCLA and the University of Louisville in the medical journal Brain, in which four young men who were paralyzed for years were able to voluntarily move their legs and bear weight as a result of epidural stimulation of the lower spinal cord. Even more revolutionary, the participants experienced significant improvements with autonomic functions – including bladder, bowel and sexual control – an unprecedented breakthrough for the field.
“While we hoped that epidural stimulation would facilitate movement for individuals with complete paralysis, the autonomic recovery was an accidental discovery, but a quantum leap toward reversing the most devastating and life-threatening complications of a spinal cord injury,” said Peter Wilderotter, President and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “After centuries of darkness, we have promising therapy in the here-and-now to transform the lives of those who were told nothing could be done for them.”
The Big Idea builds on the initial study findings by expanding to include 36 participants to explore the efficacy of epidural stimulation in improving the autonomic functions lost with a spinal cord injury, including bladder, bowel and sexual function, as well as temperature regulation, cardiovascular and respiratory function. Commonly known as “secondary complications” of paralysis, these health complications, at times, result in infections, frequent medical visits and hospitalizations, as well as a decrease in quality of life and independence. Additionally, the ability to stand and control voluntary leg movements below the level of injury in the presence of epidural stimulation will also be evaluated.
To date – other than standard medical care – there have been no effective evidence-based treatments for chronic spinal cord injury. Considering the promising results achieved with epidural stimulation, there is now strong evidence indicating this may be the first effective therapy of its kind.
Epidural Stimulation Explained
Epidural stimulation, in the context of paralysis of the lower extremities, is the application of continuous electrical current, at varying frequencies and intensities to specific locations on the lumbosacral spinal cord, corresponding to the dense neural bundles that largely control movement of the hips, knees, ankles and toes. The intervention mimics signals the brain normally transmits to reengage the spine’s neural network and initiate movement. The results were unexpected, leading researchers to speculate that some pathways may be intact post-injury and therefore able to facilitate this unprecedented recovery.
The $15 million raised by the Reeve Foundation will cover expenses related to the five-year study, including the research, data collection and advocacy work necessary to expedite epidural stimulation to the clinic. Over the course of the five years, all 36 participants will be implanted and trained, as well as evaluated post-intervention. The Big Idea will also track the financial benefits related to medical and hospitalization expenses that are expected to be reduced as a result of the intervention.
Ranging in neurological level from C6-T5, all four men in the initial study were classified with a chronic motor complete spinal cord injury, including two participants who were both motor and sensory complete, and at least two years post–injury during the time of the intervention. Additionally, the four men were of stellar physical health and highly athletic both prior to and following their injury. The next 36 participants will include a wide range of backgrounds, varying injury levels and all with chronic, complete spinal cord injuries to further evaluate the efficacy of epidural stimulation.
“Epidural stimulation has challenged what it means to be diagnosed with a complete injury and confirmed that recovery is possible even years following trauma. The Big Idea is a culmination of decades of basic science and the commitment of researchers to advance promising therapies,” said Susan Harkema, Ph.D., principal investigator on The Big Idea study, University of Louisville professor and co-director of KSCIRC, director of the Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network®. The University of Louisville will also act as the principal site conducting the research throughout The Big Idea study.
Discovering Treatments for Paralysis…and Beyond
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of my father’s passing, I know he would be immensely proud of the progress we’ve made thus far, from basic science to human trials, to accelerate the development of effective therapies,” said Matthew Reeve, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Reeve Foundation Board of Directors. “But The Big Idea is a revolutionary new step toward ending paralysis that he never could have foreseen. It’s the start of a new dawn for spinal cord injury research, and one that will soon deliver on his dream of a world of empty wheelchairs.”
A formidable star of film and stage, Christopher Reeve sustained a spinal cord injury in a horse-riding accident in 1995 that resulted in quadriplegia, and subsequently set him on a journey to achieve what once seemed impossible: cures for spinal cord injury.
With nearly six million Americans living with paralysis, including 1.275 million spinal cord injuries, this research signals a significant breakthrough in terms of developing clinical therapies to advance the treatment of paralysis. Positive results in this 36-participant study would yield a critical mass of efficacy data and compelling justification for translating epidural stimulation into the clinic. While The Big Idea will evaluate the impact of epidural stimulation on spinal cord injury, researchers believe that the intervention could also be effective to treat other neuromuscular diseases and disorders, such as stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, thereby broadening the patient population benefitting from its use and potentially eradicating millions of dollars in annual health care costs.
To jumpstart fundraising efforts, the Reeve Foundation has enlisted a network of donors, including longstanding supporters, board members and partners. To date, the Reeve Foundation has raised $5 million to fund The Big Idea with the goal of $15 million for the entire campaign.
The Big Idea research is slated to commence in 2015 once the fundraising goal is met. For more information about The Big Idea and epidural stimulation research, please visit www.reevebigidea.org.
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About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
Below are some new and improved images from your enjoyment!
11 October 2014
This is the seventh and final day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt created unique images (based on images on this website) that I have posted here.
Thank you so very much to Jon for making this such an honorable memorial week for our friend Christopher Reeve. Your kindness and contributions will not be forgotten, Jon.
Please take a moment to read Jon’s heartfelt letter below.
10 October 2014
Today is the 10th anniversary of Christopher Reeve’s passing. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of my friend. I miss him dearly.
I hope you will be able to make some time today to honor Chris in your own way.
Below are Superfan Jon Fendt’s newest images.
09 October 2014
This is the fifth day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt will create a new image (based on images on this website) that I will post there. Below is one bonus image and today’s image. Check back tomorrow for Thursday’s image.
08 October 2014
This is the fourth day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt will create a new image (based on images on this website) that I will post there. Below is one bonus image and today’s image. Check back tomorrow for Fridays’s images.
07 October 2014
This is the third day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt will create a new image (based on images on this website) that I will post there. Below is one bonus image and today’s image. Check back tomorrow for Wednesday’s images.
06 October 2014
This is the second day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt will create a new image (based on images on this website) that I will post there. Below is one bonus image and today’s image. Check back tomorrow for Tuesday’s images.
05 October 2014
This is the first day of Christopher Reeve’s Memorial Week. Each day this week Superfan Jon Fendt will create a new image (based on images on this website) that I will post there. Below is his letter, banner, two bonus images and Sunday’s image. Check back tomorrow for Monday’s images.
04 October 2014
Here is a great photo of Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Richard Donner taken at the Superman-The Movie Hollywood Premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater on December 14, 1978. Photographer unknown. 90-minute restoration by Jim Bowers.
21 September 2014
Check out the new Superman-The Movie Blu-ray screenshots. Six samples are shown below. Go to the “Screenshots” menu at the top of this page to see them all!