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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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May 18, 2015: Superman on TV - May 18-24Print

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 animated movie "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" will air in the U.S. on MAX on Monday, May 18 at 6.00am.

Superman appears in the "Robot Chicken" episode titled "Unionizing Our Labor", which is scheduled to air on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, May 19 at 12.00am and 3.30am.

The animated movie "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse" will air in the U.S. on ACTION MAX on Wednesday, May 20 at 5.20am.

The "Smallville" episode titled "Skinwalker" will air on TNT on Thursday, May 21 at 1.00am.

The movie "Superman III" will air on Discovery Family Channel (DFC) at 9.00pm on Friday, May 22.

Hallmark will broadcast the "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy and Superman" (guest starring George Reeves as Superman) on Monday, May 18 at 6.00am.

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 23 - "The Bully of Dry Gulch" at 6.00pm and "Flight to the North" at 6.30pm.

You may also want to check NetFlix.com, as they sometimes have a number of Superman and/or 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 Friday, May 22 at 11.30pm; then again on Saturday, May 23 at 3.30am and 4.30pm.

In Australia, episodes of the "Young Justice: Invasion" animated series air on the following days on Cartoon Network. This week's episodes are:
Monday, May 18 - "Intervention" at 11.35pm
Tuesday, May 19 - "Summit" at 11.35pm
Wednesday, May 20 - "Endgame" at 11.35pm
Thursday, May 21 - "Happy New Year" at 11.35pm
Friday, May 22 - "Earthlings" at 11.35pm
Saturday, May 23 - "Alienated" at 11.35pm
Sunday, May 24 - "Salvage" at 11.35pm

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


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superboy #2Print

Convergence: Superboy #2

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Superboy #2

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 13, 2015

Cover date: July 2015

"The Hero's Return" - Part Two

Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Karl Moline
Inker: Jose Marzan Jr.
Cover: Babs Tarr
Variant Cover: Chip Kidd with Tom Grummett & Doug Hazelwood

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

    Thank you Fabian Nicieza, Karl Moline & Babs Tarr for making me remember how good Superboy is. Your story and artwork is exceptional.

    What a fantastic finale! It showed no matter the scenario, Kon-El would always eventually be a worthy Superman. Yes, he was brash and unthinking, but he was truly thinking with the heart of a hero despite the odds of three against one. The characterizations were on point and brilliantly done. Kon realizing the consequences played out so well that his ultimate sacrifice dwarfed that of Kon in Return To Krypton. Superman though noble was a tad condescending in his treatment of Kon, mostly due to the events on his own Earth but even he is worn down after seeing Kon submit to their plan. I must admit if I were in the same position, with Kon's power, I probably would have done the same as him, but I too don't think I'd have been as courageous as he with his sacrifice. Nicieza delivers a chapter, like Dan Jurgens that proves better than the core story it spins off from.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Superboy #2.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2Print

Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 13, 2015

Cover date: July 2015

"Buggin'"

Writer: Keith Giffen
Penciller: Timothy Green II
Inker: Joseph Silver
Cover: Howard Porter

Reviewed by: James Lantz

    This one was hard to put into a plot summary because much of what goes on defies description with the story going a million directions at once. This is not a criticism. I merely want to say that book must be read and seen for the fan to believe it. A synopsis really can't do it justice. It's classic Giffen, and it's a fun read to boot. I highly recommend the entire mini-series. The appearance of Louse Man alone makes it worth every penny spent.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #2.


May 17, 2015: "Batman v Superman" Doomsday Rumors PersistPrint

Doomsday For quite some time now rumors of Doomsday being part of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" have circulated around the internet... and according to movie scooper Umberto Gonzalez (aka El-Mayimbe), Doomsday is indeed part of the movie.

"It's been out there, but it's official. We are going to see Doomsday," he told the Shanlian on Batman podcast.

    Gonzalez likens Doomsday's part in the film to that of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars – in that he is the brawn that "main villain" Lex Luthor goes to when he needs a physical threat (similar to how Vader was Grand Moff Tarkin's muscle in Star Wars). That dynamic certainly makes sense. While Luthor represents a great danger with his massive intellect, he wouldn't pose much of a challenge to Superman and Batman (and Wonder Woman?) in a fight – unless he was wearing some sort of armor. On the other hand, Doomsday is one of the few DC Comics villains who has the potential to be lethal toward Kal-El, so Luthor unleashing Doomsday on the heroes is a logical way for the story to conclude.

As for the line in the teaser trailer in which Batman appears to ask Superman if he bleeds, Gonzalez stated that the line is actually part of a dream sequence... but would say no more.

Whether you believe any of the above rumors or not is up to you. Warner Bros. have not confirmed nor denied the Doomsday rumors. We'll just have to wait and see...

Source: ScreenRant.com.


May 15, 2015: DC Comics Announces "Bombshells" Series and Variant CoversPrint

DC Bombshells DC Comics has announced that not only will August comic books feature new DC Bombshell variant covers, but the DC Bombshell concept will get its own comic book series written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage starting in June.

    "DC Comics Bombshells," which begins in July, will be an ongoing series in DC's Digital First comic lineup. The series will introduce versions of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl in an alternate reality where these female superheroes are on the front lines in World War II. The full line of Bombshells characters will be introduced as the series progresses.

    "'DC Comics Bombshells' is one of the wildest things I've ever had the pleasure to create - a story of the DC heroines, all the DC heroines, in a crisis that defines themselves as well as their generation," said Bennett in a press statement announcing the series. "I cannot possibly tell you how excited and grateful I am to be involved in a story this massive and inventive."

    In the same release, Sauvage said, "When I was contacted to work on this book, I was attracted by the retro style of the statues, not to mention the most iconic female characters of DC are represented. I spent a lot of time searching for references to be as accurate as possible to the story and habits of this time period, but keeping in mind it's a parallel universe, so I can take some freedom on details."

Source: LA Times.

Superman related August titles featuring the DC Bombshells variant covers will include: Action Comics #43, Batman/Superman #23, Justice League #43, Justice League of America #3, Superman #43, and Superman/Wonder Woman #20.


May 15, 2015: Gene Luen Yang Talks About Writing SupermanPrint

Superman #41 Gene Luen Yang, the new writer coming on board the "Superman" comic book title with issue #41, was interviewed by the Washington Post about his career so far and the challenge of taking on the most iconic superhero of them all. Here are a few parts of the interview...

    Q: How have you enjoyed the challenge? What's your state of mind when inheriting the oldest comic-book superhero?

    GLY: Working on the first superhero is both thrilling and intimidating. It's been an amazing learning experience. Superman's currently starring in four books from DC, so I've gotten to learn from the other writers and artists on Team Superman. We're trying to push the Man of Steel in a new direction, while respecting what came in the past. His new costume, which debuted a month or two ago, is a reflection of that. It's simple and modern - just a T-shirt and jeans - but the "S"-shield is from his past. We decided to go with the old black, red and yellow "S" from the Fleischer [Studios] cartoons. It's been a blast.

    Q: How does your Superman differ from anyone else's - what makes him "Yang-ian" - even within his long and established history? 

    GLY: This is really up to the readers to decide. When you write a character with as big and as long of a legacy as Superman's, you look for parts of his past that resonate with you. I love how Superman reflects the immigrant experience. I love the outsider/insider dynamic at the heart of who he is. And I love how the whole idea of a secret identity is both reflective of, and at odds with, the Information Age.

Read the complete interview at the Washington Post website.


May 15, 2015: Rare Superman Comic Book Cover Artwork on AuctionPrint

Superman #12 Artwork The original artwork for the 1941 "Superman #12" comic book cover will be sold at auction later this month through Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

    The nostalgic collector's piece is an original blueprint! And just like the original Mona Lisa, there's only one in existence.

    "You just don't see original art from the 40's that much, especially not covers with Superman," comic art coordinator Barry Sandoval explained.

    Believe it or not, we're told this artwork would've sold for just 10c back in the day, but on May 28th the bid is expected to soar up to $130,000 - or more!

    "This was basically a half a year before Pearl Harbor so it was interesting to see that they were already doing war-themed covers, even though the US hadn't entered the war yet at that point," Sandoval added.

    Yep, legendary comic artist Fred Ray perfectly depicted the man of steel marching arm in arm with America's servicemen, ready to save the day!

Source: News Fix CW33


May 15, 2015: Super Con Superman Convention at the 2015 Superman CelebrationPrint

Superman Celebration Kevin Stewart Promotions has announced the site for the annual Super Con that takes place during the 2015 June 11-14 Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

The Super Con is at 725 Market Street, two and a half blocks from the Superman Statue and next to Thor's Gym. It's the same site as last year's Con in the building that formerly hosted the Fan Film Festival.

The convention is free and open to the public Friday June 12 from 10.00am to 6.00pm, Saturday June 13 from 9.00am to 7.00pm and Sunday June 14 from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

The Super Con features dealers selling a wide range of collectibles, including Superman and super hero memoribilia. Merchandise includes comic books, artwork, action figures, gaming and gaming supplies, TV and movie memoribilia, posters, vintage and antiques toys, T-shirts, DVDs and more.

Any dealers interested in setting up at Super Con can contact Kevin Stewart at 270 210-1868, or email to paducahduplex@gmail.com.

According to organizers, the Superman Celebration draws about 30,000 people over a four-day run. The Superman Celebration online site is SupermanCelebration.net.


May 15, 2015: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period May 8-14, 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.

Subscribe to the "Speeding Bulletin" via iTunes or your favorite Podcatcher.

Merchandise seen in this episode:


May 14, 2015: New "Supergirl" Promo and Behind-the-Scenes VideoPrint

Supergirl A new promo video for the pilot episode of "Supergirl" has been released online. This action-packed video shows some additional footage not seen in the 6 minute extended trailer released yesterday, including Supergirl's use of her heat-vision.

SpoilerTV.com also posted the following behind-the-scenes video showing some of the making of the pilot episode of "Supergirl".

The "Supergirl" TV series will air 8.00pm ET/PT beginning in early November on CBS.


May 14, 2015: Pre-Order the Superman - Red Son Premium Format FigurePrint

Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure Sideshow Collectibles is now taking pre-orders for their upcoming Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure.

    What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union, to become their greatest weapon? Based on the hero of the critically acclaimed Elseworlds mini-series by Mark Millar, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure.

    In an alternate reality, the Comrade of Steel shows his true colors, dressed in a red and grey costume which ominously reflects the militaristic look of the Cold War era. Expertly sculpted in one quarter scale, the champion of the common worker stands 25" tall over his Soviet insignia, where he fights the never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact. Soon to be joined by his ally Wonder Woman, and the vigilante Batmankoff, comic book fans prepare yourselves for the ultimate Superman: Red Son collection!

Priced at $469.99. You can pre-order the Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure now.

Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure
Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure
Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure
Superman - Red Son Premium Format Figure


May 14, 2015: First Look at New "Super Friends" Superman Action FigurePrint

As announced in August last year, Figures Toy Company will be releasing a line of "Super Friends" inspired action figures this year, and the toymaker has just give us a first look at the Superman action figure from the line.

Super Friends Superman Action Figure

We'll let you know when the "Super Friends vs. The Legion of Doom" line of 8 inch Mego style action figures is available to pre-order.


May 13, 2015: 80 Stills From the Supergirl TV TrailerPrint

Supergirl Earlier today CBS released a six and a half minute trailer for the upcoming "Supergirl" TV Pilot. Going through the video, I've grabbed 80 stills, which give us a chance to examine some interesting elements from the footage shown.

We see Lara and Zor-El, Kara's Kryptonian parents. We see Krypton explode. And as her ship lands on Earth, we see young Kara holding hands with her cousin, Kal-El as Superman.

The video also gives us confirmation that Dean Cain and Helen Slater are indeed playing the roles of Mr and Mrs Danvers, Kara's foster parents.

Interestingly, from the video it seems Kara's secret identity isn't really that secret. Win Schott, her colleague and neighbor (who will one day become the Toyman), helps her create the Supergirl costume. Kara goes with her foster sister Alex to the DEO, where Hank Henshaw (played by David Harewood) tells her to go back to fetching coffees. And James Olsen (played by Mehcad Brooks) gives Kara (not Supergirl) Superman's baby blanket.

We see that the villain of the Pilot episode, known as the Lumberjack, appears to be an alien menace with an axe-like hi-tech weapon.

I like that Supergirl's public debut appears to be similar to one used for Superman previously in movies, animated shows and comic books... the saving of a crashing aircraft (in this case a plane).

Screen Images from the Supergirl Trailer

Click "Read More" or the headline link above to see all 80 of the video stills.

The "Supergirl" TV series will air 8.00pm ET/PT beginning in early November on CBS.