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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
November 7: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Martha Kent, Clark Kent's adoptive mother.
November 12: Bob Holiday, Superman/Clark Kent in the broadway musical comedy It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman born in 1932.
November 14: Writer Elliot S! Maggin (Last Son of Krypton, Miracle Monday and so much more) born in 1950.
November 16: Harry Lennix, General Swanwick in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964.
November 17: Justice League animated series makes its debut on television in 2001.
November 18: With the release of Superman #75, the nation mourns the death of a hero in 1992.
November 20: Phyllis Thaxter, Martha Kent in Superman: The Movie, born in Portland, Maine in 1921.
November 23: The theatrical film Superman and the Mole Men premieres in 1951, leading to the successful television series.
November 25: Noel Neill, Lois Lane in the Superman Serials and the 1950s The Adventures of Superman TV series, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA in 1920.
November 27: Patricia Marand, Lois Lane in the broadway musical comedy It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman, dies from brain cancer in 2008, aged 74.
November 28: Writer and artist Jerry Ordway (Superman) born in 1957.
November 29: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Jimmy Olsen.
November 30: Writer and artist Keith Giffen (Legion of Super-Heroes) born in 1952.

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October 2, 2014: Ben Affleck Berates Jon Stewart Over "Batman v Superman" SpoilerPrint

Dawn of Justice In his appearance on "The Daily Show" the other night to promote his new movie "Gone Girl", Ben Affleck gets hilariously "angry" at host Jon Stewart when he reveals a major spoiler about "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

[Note: If you live outside the USA and can't see the above video, then try this YouTube link.]

"You're in two of the most highly-anticipated movies," Stewart said. "You've got 'Gone Girl' and you've got 'Batman v Superman'. And I hate to do this, but in 'Gone Girl' he kills his wife and then in 'Batman v Superman', Superman defeats Batman." Affleck explodes proclaiming, "What the f***!" And goes on to jokingly berate Stewart for revealing on television what he told him in confidence out the back.


October 2, 2014: Superhero Classics Presented at Paley CenterPrint

Adventures of Superman The Paley Center for Media in both New York and Los Angeles will present screenings of classic superhero TV shows during October.

    Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman... the "big three" of DC comics, enduring, iconic creations that defined a medium and a genre which, eight decades hence, rules at the box office and drives much of contemporary pop culture. These characters are the classics, and we present their classic television representations: the endearingly cornball The Adventures of Superman from the fifties, the sixties Pop Art camp sensation Batman, and the earnest (if awkwardly titled) New Original Wonder Woman of the seventies. Look, up in the sky - holy nostalgia, Batman! That pretty lady's in an invisible plane!

Two episode of The Adventures of Superman TV series: "Superman on Earth" and "The Perils of Superman" will be screened on October 4 & 5, and again on October 11 & 12 from 2.00pm.

    George Reeves's portrayal of the Man of Steel remains iconic, even if the effectiveness of the Clark Kent disguise is harder to accept than the notion of a man who can bend steel and deflect bullets. Here we see the debut of the beloved early television series and a later installment in which Superman is pushed to his limits as he races to save friends Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Perry White... for like the thousandth time. Get it together, Daily Planet staff. (1953, 1957; 53 minutes)

Tickets are free for Paley Center Members. Visit the Paley Center website for more details.


October 2, 2014: Monogram Announces DC Comics 3D Figural Key RingsPrint

Monogram International announced their 2014 New York Comic Con exclusives, which includes a 5 piece set of DC Comics 3D Figural Key Rings, available in limited quantities at booth #769.

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DC 3D Figural Key Ring 5 Piece Set

Your favorite DC heroes and villains all together in one pack! Check out our new figural foam key rings featuring The Joker, Harley Quinn, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. You can only get this set at the New York Comic-Con so be sure to get one for yourself and your friend! These key rings make great display pieces as well as fun and colorful key rings.

– Made of foam
– These key rings are highly collectible DC items.
– Original designs.
– They make great accessories that can be attached to your bag or backpack.
– US$45.00 Retail Price
– Limited to 50 Sets
– Booth #769


October 2, 2014: When was Superman First Referred to as the "Man of Steel"?Print

Man of Steel

Did You Know?

When was Superman first referred to as the "Man of Steel"?

The "Man of Steel" moniker was first used in reference to Superman within the pages of Action Comics #6 (November 1938).

The nickname appeared for the first time in the front page headline of the Daily Star newspaper, reading "Mystery Man of Steel re-appears".

Action Comics #6

It only took a few months for the phrase to catch on, with a panel at the end of Action Comics #11 (April 1939) appearing in a small one-panel advertisement reading "More Startling Adventures of Superman (Man of Steel) Action Comics".

Action Comics #11


October 2, 2014: Helen Slater and Margot Kidder Attending Melbourne Armageddon ExpoPrint

Helen Slater and Margot Kidder One of Australia's biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo has announced that both Margot Kidder and Helen Slater will be attending the Melbourne event at the Melbourne Showgrounds this month.

Best known for her role as Lois Lane in all four "Superman" movies starring Christopher Reeve, Kidder also appeared in the TV series "Smallville" as Virgil Swann's (played by Christopher Reeve) assistant, Bridgette Crosby.

Best known to Superman fans as Supergirl from the 1984 film, Slater is also known for her roles in such films as "The Legend of Bilie Jean", "City Slickers", "The Secret of My Success", "Ruthless People", as the voice of Talia in "Batman: The Animated Series", and of course as Superman's Kryptonian mother Lara on the TV series "Smallville".

The Melbourne Armageddon Expo takes place across October 18-19 at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Victoria, Australia.

From its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo has grown to become the largest fantasy event in Australasia. With shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and Hamilton, the Armageddon Expo embodies the ever-growing pulp culture phenomenon.

To keep up with the list of stars and events happening at the Melbourne Armageddon Expo go to www.armageddonexpo.com. Tickets for the Melbourne event are on-sale now from Ticketek.com.au.


October 2, 2014: From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman PodcastPrint

From Crisis to Crisis Welcome to the 174th episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

At the end of the previous episode Mike and Jeff talked about how they were going to start their coverage of WORLDS COLLIDE in this episode. Well, life being what it is (a fickle beast with a dark sense of humor and terrible timing) the boys couldn't quite get to that. They wanted to maintain a regular release schedule of episodes so they decided to look at the e-mail they had received over the past year and read it on the air. They don't do this near enough and they feel bad about it but the episodes are packed as it is so the time isn't always there for e-mail. So sit back and enjoy this rather laid back episode where Mike and Jeff get to talk about all kinds of Superman stuff, all at the direction of you the listener.

Next time: WORLDS COLLIDE Part 1. Promise

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. You can also download the episode directly.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, leave comments here or email them at fromcrisistocrisis@gmail.com. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.


October 1, 2014: Construction for "Batman v Superman" Sets in East Lansing, MichiganPrint

Broad Art Museum As we reported in mid September, filming for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" will take place across two nights this month in East Lansing, with workers currently constructing sets outside (and possibly inside) the Broad Art Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

Filming is expected to take place at night on October 16 and 17, with Extras Casting having taken place in recent weeks.

Wilx.com reports that the film's producers have exclusively asked employees of the Douglas J Aveda Salon in Okemos to do hair for a high society ballroom scene.


October 1, 2014: "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" Animated Movie TrailerPrint

Aquaman Newsarama.com has the exclusive first look at the initial Trailer for "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis", the new DC Animated original movie, which follows on from "Justice League: War".

    As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in "Justice League: War" had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm's half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn't understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world.

A "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" panel will be held at New York Comic Con on Friday, October 10 at 7:15pm on the Empire Stage 1-E. Panelists include Matt Lanter (Aquaman), producer James Tucker, dialogue director Andrea Romano, screenwriter Heath Corson and character designer Phil Bourassa.

You can pre-order "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" on Blu-ray and/or DVD from the Superman Homepage Online Store.


October 1, 2014: Ben Affleck Explains Batman/Superman vs Star Wars RivalryPrint

SuperJedi Fans following the development of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" would be well aware of the cross-over mash-ups director Zack Snyder and his Star Wars counterpart JJ Abrams have been having fun with over the past few months.

Some of the photos that have been shot back and forth include Henry Cavill as a SuperJedi, C3PO as the C3PED CRUSADER, Batman and R2D2 as BATMAN & R2BIN, and the Gotham police arresting a Storm Trooper who apparently took the Batmobile for a joyride. Most recently Abrams posted a video of the Batmobile attached to the exterior of the Millennium Falcon.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Ben Affleck reveals how this whole thing began...

"I think it was started because JJ [Abrams] and Colin Anderson, who is a great [camera] operator who always works on my movies, and JJ is always trying to steal, and I'm trying to steal back, sent me a picture of the two of them wearing cheap Batman masks," explains Affleck.

"I showed it to Zack [Snyder], and said 'this is bulls***, we have to do something'."


October 1, 2014: Superman Movie Costumes on Display in Hollywood ExhibitionPrint

From tomorrow until March 2, 2015, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), and sponsored by Swarovski, this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design - from the glamorous to the very subtle - as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.

A Superman costume worn by Christopher Reeve and the "Man of Steel" costume worn by Henry Cavill are amongst many movie superhero costumes on display.

Costumes The Academy is enhancing the V&A's exhibition and will include more than 150 costumes. The Academy's presentation will add more than 40 costumes to this landmark show. On view October 2, 2014, through March 2, 2015, the innovative exhibition takes visitors on a non-chronological, four-gallery journey that tells the story of costume design from early Charlie Chaplin (The Tramp, 1912) to Man of Steel (James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson, 2013). Hollywood Costume includes montages, animation, film clips, and projections, supported by a specially commissioned score written by British composer Julian Scott. The clothes are exhibited alongside quotes and interviews with costume designers, directors, and actors discussing the role that costume plays in creating the characters on screen.

Tickets are available at www.oscars.org/HollywoodCostume. Advance booking advised. Admission: $20 Adults, $15 Seniors (62+), $10 for students with ID and children under 13.

The Hollywood Costume exhibition is on at the Wilshire May Company building, located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.


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