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Based on the artwork of Moebius. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg. Legendary artist Moebius brings his unique artistic style to the Man of Steel line with this newest entry in the line of statues based on the artwork from Superman #400. Limited edition of 5,200. Measures approximately 8.25" tall.

DC Collectibles Superman By Moebius Statue
Superman Statue

Based on the artwork of Moebius. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg. Legendary artist Moebius brings his unique artistic style to the Man of Steel line with this newest entry in the line of statues based on the artwork from Superman #400. Limited edition of 5,200. Measures approximately 8.25" tall.

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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
May 1: Glenn Ford, Jonathan Kent in Superman: The Movie, born in Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada in 1916.
May 3: Jackie Cooper, Perry White in the Superman films, dies in 2011, aged 88.
May 5: Henry Cavill, Superman in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1983.
May 8: Salome Jens, Martha Kent in the Superboy TV series, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1935.
May 11: Gerard Christopher, the second actor to play the lead role in the Superboy TV series, born in New York City, New York in 1959.
May 13: Writer Marv Wolfman (The Adventures of Superman) born in 1946.
May 21: Joan Alexander, best known as Lois Lane from the 1940s Superman Radio Series, dies in 2009, aged 94.
May 23: Artist Win Mortimer (Action Comics, Supergirl) born in 1919.
May 27: Richard Schiff, Emil Hamilton in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1955.

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April 27, 2015: Comic Book Opinion Piece - To Move The NeedlePrint

Superman #41 By T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

The New 52 was a desperate ploy undertaken by DC Comics to invigorate new interest in the DC Universe. This was a universe predicated on a superlative hero, ahead of his time, who cut a swath that all other heroes follow still to this day. Equally important to the foundation was the intrepid reporter who was ahead of her era, the woman of tomorrow, Lois Lane. Where other love interests fell by the wayside, Lois Lane persevered. She, much like her counterpart, flexed with the flux of time and social thought, but her core was resolute, and through adventures both silly and sublime, she remained a singular character embodying both prescience and present-day populism. She could never be forgotten or ignored, domesticated or dumbed-down, because of what she was and who she was connected to. Few characters can claim the importance of Lois Lane: friend, rival, colleague, compatriot, confidant, companion, lover, wife. Remove Lois, and you not only decimate much of what Superman is about, but you also undermine what the DC Universe is about... or, at least, what it used to be about. It was a universe of grand ideas, and even grander people that implemented them. Recently, with the decision to have Lois Lane out Clark Kent as Superman, one has to wonder what has become of those ideas, why DC has allowed Lois Lane to bear the brunt of what is increasingly becoming a failed gambit on their part.

This would not be the first time that Lois has learned that Clark Kent is Superman. No, this would not be the second or third either. It is the first time that she sees fit to expose his secret, and though her justification is still forthcoming, it smacks of another character, a doppelgänger, but not Lois Lane. Lois' reaction to the discovery has been varied. She's been surprised, elated, livid, and saddened, but the mitigating factor in each occurrence was that she genuinely cared for Clark Kent. The argument could and will be made for journalistic integrity, but if Lois Lane, a symbol of the aforesaid principle decides not to run a story, one would think that should be enough. A deeper dive, which most Superman readers know, is that Clark is Superman's connection to humanity. It is through Clark that Superman is allowed to normalize himself and interact on a human level; to be one of us as much a Kryptonian can be. When that is stripped from him, Superman loses that human component that is necessary for his character. However, it's obvious that DC knows this, and the action is another attempt to move the needle of reader interest, with Lois Lane selected to do the dirty work.

Since the inception of the New 52, we've seen Superman in a new outfit, his parents were murdered, he's left the Daily Planet, and been paired with Wonder Woman, all in an attempt to move the needle. Lois has fared just as poorly, if not worse, being switched from reporter to TV producer, infected with Brainiac for over a year, resulting in her being comatose or demonic for most stories, and unceremoniously given Jonathan Carroll as a love interest, who's current existence is questionable. All done to shake things up, generate interest, and at inestimable cost to characters who have been inextricably linked from the onset of their creation. The damage done to one is immediately reciprocated to the other, but this is the banality that Superman and Lois Lane have been foisted upon. Superman is a depowered symbol of what he once was, and Lois Lane has been made into a plot device to send him along his merry way.

The idea, at least among comic readers, is that somehow, regardless of the offense, there is some mitigating factor, and with that, a chance at redemption. The aforementioned is a Silver Age notion, a notion that has been repeatedly crushed in the demand for stories of permanence and gravitas. The Silver Age notion was one of hope, and that doesn't exist in the New 52, just ask the Blue Lanterns. To think that Lois can redeem herself of such a betrayal both undermines the story idea, for what need is there for redemption, if the act was right, but also displays DC's thought process towards readers i.e. we do not need to commit to crafting solid stories, as the readership will forget it when we reboot. Still, it sets a horrible precedent on an otherwise unblemished character in relation to her history and interaction with her counterpart. A precedent that will surely be tapped when a writer wants Lois to act uncharacteristic of her nature, much as it has been done to justify the same with Superman. The worst of it is seeing Lois Lane, the woman of today and tomorrow, used to bring angst to a man's story, in the trite manner that Superman and Lois Lane's relationship is so very much above.

The need to move the needle is one that I understand. Anyone who's done so much as posted a YouTube video comprehends the whys and wherefores in making decisions towards the interest of the audience. The aforesaid doesn't excuse a poor decision, and this is a magnificently poor determination. Superman and Lois Lane are the Adam and Eve of the DC Universe. They were the most positive relation in comics between a man and woman, which, unfortunately, is still something ahead of its time. No bickering, bile, or bullying, but a commitment of heart, mutual respect and admiration, reason, and love. There is little of that in the comics world today, and this drags them both into the miasmatic film of what is called development for today. That development will see Superman looking nothing like himself, riding on a motorbike of all things, and about as hopeful as Crom, but Lois? If DC has shown anything with the New 52, it's that they have no idea what to do with Superman, and even less with Lois Lane.

T.A. Ewart


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence #3Print

Convergence #3

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 22, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

"Time Bomb"

Writer: Jeff King
Penciller: Stephen Segovia
Inker: Jason Paz
Main Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Peter Steigerwald

Reviewed by: Jeremiah Boor

    King introduces some new ideas into the story, but wastes too many pages on redundant plot points to explore them. Kandor is brought into the mix, the Warlord world of Skartaris is revealed as the key to defeating Telos, and Thomas Wayne (this story's Batman) dies. This should have been a great issue. Instead we are give nine pages of a battle with Brainiac drones.

    Any good Brainiac, collector of worlds, story should include Kandor. Finally, and somewhat abruptly, the famous bottled city is added into the mix. We are even treated to the Kandorian heroes, Nightwing and Flamebird. Sadly, just as we are introduced to the characters they are killed. Nightwing is not even named in the issue, despite being dramatically impaled and assassinated. The entire city and civilization is unceremoniously destroyed four panels later.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence #3.


April 27, 2015: Superman on TV - April 27 to May 3Print

Superman on TV Below are the Superman related TV shows and movies scheduled for the week ahead in the USA and Australia. Anyone in other regions of the world who would like to contribute is more than welcome to add their listings in the comments section below.

United States of America

The movie "Man of Steel" will air in the U.S. on ACTION MAX on Tuesday, April 28 at 11.45pm; then on 5MAX on Wednesday, April 29 at 11.15pm; and then on MOMAX on Sunday, May 3 at 6.35pm.

Episodes of the 1950s "Adventures of Superman" TV series air on MeTV in the U.S. on Saturday from 6.00pm. This week's episodes are:
Saturday, May 2 - "Superman Week" at 6.00pm and "Great Caesar's Ghost" at 6.30pm.

NetFlix.com also has a number of Superman and Justice League TV shows and movies available to watch online.

Australia

In Australia, the episode of "American Chopper: Shaq Bike", which sees Basketball legend Shaq contracting OCC to build an enormous Superman-themed chopper, will air on Discovery Turbo MAX on Tuesday, April 28 at 7.30pm; then again on Wednesday, April 29 at 5.00am and 3.30pm; then on Friday, May 1 at 10.30pm; and again on Sunday, May 3 at 1.30pm.

In Australia, the movie "Man of Steel" will air on Foxtel's Premiere movie channel on Thursday, April 30 at 12.00pm.

In Australia, the animated movie "Superman Unbound" will air on Foxtel's Family movie channel on Saturday, May 2 at 1.45am.

In Australia, episodes of the "Young Justice: Invasion" animated series air on the following days on Cartoon Network. This week's episodes are:
Friday, May 1 - "Happy New Year" at 11.35pm
Saturday, May 2 - "Earthlings" at 11.35pm
Sunday, May 3 - "Alienated" at 11.35pm

If there's anything I've missed please don't hesitate to let me know.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1Print

Convergence: Superman - Adventures of Superman #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: April 22, 2015

Cover date: June 2015

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciller: Roberto Viacava
Inker: Andy Owens
Cover: Mikel Janin

Reviewed by: James Lantz

    Rather than looking at the "Convergence" comics I'm reviewing as part of an overall crossover event, I've been treating them as their own story set in their own universe. This may not be what DC wants, but I find it easier because I just don't have the time or the funds to read all issues in said story arc. This hasn't been helpful with me with such stories as "Superman: Doomed", but it works for "Convergence" for now.

    It's great to have Marv Wolfman back in Superman's universe. Not only has he crafted a well written story, I felt like I was welcoming an old friend whom I haven't seen in years back to the old neighborhood. (The same could be said about Dan Jurgens' "Convergence" title, but I digress.) It's a pity we haven't seem more comics from Wolfman. (Marvel and DC hire this guy again please.) He really knows how to reel a reader into the tales he tells. Now if only we could get Roy Thomas to do another All-Star Squadron story. Then, it'd be a perfect world.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1.


April 26, 2015: Fan-Made "Batman v Superman" Teaser TrailersPrint

Dawn of Justice A number of fan-made versions of the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" teaser trailer have popped up on YouTube, some using footage of previous Superman and Batman actors. Here are a few of the better ones...


April 25, 2015: Post-Convergence - Lois Lane vs Clark KentPrint

Divergence Gene Luen Yang's first issue of "Superman" hasn't even been published yet, but the new writer has already started feeling the anger from Superman (and specifically Lois Lane) fans with the revelation of a few pages from an upcoming issue of "Superman" thanks to a sneak peek in the Free Comic Book Day offering titled "Divergence".

"Divergence" will give us an 8-page preview of each of the 49 books that will be published in June/July after the "Convergence" event concludes. People are calling the events after "Convergence" a 'soft relaunch' of the DC Universe. Much has been made of the new looks Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman will receive post-Convergence, and it appears that the status quo of the characters will also be changing... dramatically.

"Superman #42" will be released on July 22, as the second issue written by Gene Luen Yang. His first issue, #41 will be released on June 24. Before that however, issue #40 will be written and drawn by John Romita, Jr. and will be released this week, in the middle of Convergence (the current 2-month event taking place across the entire DC Universe). After Convergence, the Superman comic book titles will be involved in a crossover event titled "Truth", which sees Superman sporting a new haircut, wearing a T-shirt and jeans, while riding a motorbike.

However Superman's appearance isn't the only thing that'll be different. His secret identity as Clark Kent is also under threat... Thanks to Lois Lane!

The following images, taken from the 8-page preview from the Free Comic Book Day offering "Divergence" has revealed that Lois Lane will be responsible for outing Superman's secret identity... and fans across the Internet are not pleased... at all!

Superman #41 Superman #41

A Twitter backlash saw Gene Luen Yang engage enraged fans saying, "Hope you'll give our run a try!"

Images courtesy of BleedingCool.com.


April 24, 2015: Special Guests for Superman Celebration AnnouncedPrint

Three of the Special Guests appearing at this year's Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois have been announced. The three ladies are: Caity Lotz - who plays Sara Lance a.k.a The Canary in the TV series "Arrow", Stacy Haiduk - who played Lana Lang in the 1980s "Superboy" TV series, and Diane Sherry Case - who appeared as Lana Lang in "Superman: The Movie".

Special Guests

Caity will be appearing on Saturday, June 13 at the Celebrity Autograph Sessions at the Baymont Theatre. An autograph session ticket will be required to meet this guest. There may be a charge for autographs and photo opportunities. For more information on how to obtain tickets to the Celebrity Autograph Sessions, click here.

Stacy Haiduk and Diane Sherry Case will both be appearing on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at the Autograph Zone. No tickets are required to meet this guest. There may be a charge for autographs and photo opportunities.


April 24, 2015: Frank Miller Returns to Write "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race"Print

Dark Knight III Earlier today Frank Miller announced via Twitter that the legendary writer and artist will conclude the epic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS trilogy with the final installment, "THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE."

SUPERSTAR WRITER/ARTIST FRANK MILLER RETURNS TO BATMAN! "THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE"
Completes Trilogy in Legendary "Dark Knight" Saga

DC Entertainment announced today that bestselling, iconic Batman writer and artist Frank Miller will write the epic conclusion of the celebrated THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS saga.

The "THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE" is the sequel to Miller's 1986 classic THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS - heralded by TIME Magazine as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time - and its 2001-2002 follow-up series BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

Miller will be joined by acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS, JOKER, and WONDER WOMAN) on the eight-issue comic book periodical, to be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint. Marking the 30th anniversary of THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS original series, this periodical is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

"Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting," said Miller, "but we'll do our best."

"We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman," according to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. "The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike."

According to Azzarello, "It's been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve."

Artists for the project have yet to be announced.


April 24, 2015: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the "Batman v Superman" QuestionPrint

Dawn of Justice Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on The Daily Show Thursday night to not only talk about science, but also to answer the important question: "Who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman?"

Neil deGrasse Tyson asked the question about whom each of the characters reports to. He says, Superman "behaves in whatever way he wants. And so at the end of the day, what might matter," he said, "is the public reception of the superhero's conduct. And if Batman executes our wishes in the city and Superman does whatever the hell he wants, that's a conflict."

You can hear Neil deGrasse Tyson's voice in the teaser trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". Whether he actually appears in person in the movie or not is unknown at this point in time.


April 24, 2015: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period April 17-23, 2015.

The "Speeding Bulletin" is your weekly Superman news video, recapping the latest events in the world of Superman. It also includes the "Great Scott!" segment brought to you by Scotty V.

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April 24, 2015: Superman Homepage Caption ContestPrint

Welcome to the Superman Homepage Caption Contest! The rules are simple. Just click on the Comments link below to leave a caption for the following image.

Caption Contest

Leave as many captions as you can think of, but keep it family friendly. Captions deemed to be outside our Caption Contest Guidelines will be deleted at our discretion.

In the end, there can be only one winner. The winner will be decided by Steve Younis, your Caption Contest compere.

The winner will be announced when the next new Caption Contest is posted. While there's no physical prize, the winner will gain the praise and admiration of their fellow Superman fans.

Speaking of which, the winner of the previous Caption Contest was:

Previous Caption Contest Hailex:
"Hey Clark, without those glasses you look like Ray Palmer!"

Check out the Caption Contest Archives to see the list of runners-up.

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