2001 Superman Celebration

"A Super-Odyssey" - Metropolis, Illinois. - Thursday June 7th to Sunday June 10th.

Superman Statue in Metropolis Jeff East, Valerie Perrine, Sarah Douglas, and Jack O'Halloran are all confirmed guests at this summer's Metropolis Superman celebration.

The official Metropolis Superman celebration 16mm film festival scheduled to take place on Friday, June 8 will be co-hosted by Jim Bowers and George Reeves aficionado John Field. There will be a vast assortment of rare and unseen Superman related 16mm films and cartoons, including four Superman: The Movie TV spots/trailers that are not on the new DVD. Running time approx. 7 hours.

The Adventures of Superman episodes:

  1. THE MIND MACHINE - #8
  2. STOLEN COSTUME - #13
  3. THE EVIL THREE - #19
  4. CRIME WAVE (with rarely Kellogg's opening) - #24
  5. PANIC IN THE SKY - #38
  6. AROUND THE WORLD WITH SUPERMAN - #52
  7. THE BIG FREEZE - #68
  8. THE PHANTOM RING - #77
  9. THE MYSTERIOUS CUBE - #95
  10. PERILS OF SUPERMAN - #103

Also, Superman: The Movie DVD documentaries and rarities.

The Superman DVD's and Fleischer cartoons will be shown throughout the day on Friday and Saturday at the "Fortress of Solitude" meeting room where fans can gather to relax and beat the summer heat.

June 10th, 2001
A Super Wedding
You are invited to attend the Wedding of Superman. Yes! You read that correctly, Superman is actually getting married in Metropolis IL "Home of Superman" during the 2001 Superman Celebration. Check back for more details in the future.

On Saturday night, the SuperMuseum will be hosting the 6th Annual Superman Celebration Auction and 3rd Annual "George" Awards Dinner at 5:00pm at the Merv Griffin Theater.

The usual Superman auction will take place on Saturday night with John (auctioneer) and David Olsen (organizer) assisted by Jim Bowers. As always the auction will exclusively feature exceptional Superman-related memorabilia, ranging in price from $5 to $5,000 and more. Some of the types of items will be costumes from the Superman movies, original Joe Shuster artwork, old and rare comic books, hard to find Superman toys and much, much more. Last year, Superman fans purchased such items as the 1940s Superman Krypto Ray Gun, original artwork from guest artists Alex Ross and Kerry Gammill, an original Superman stencil by Joe Shuster, and an original Superman: The Movie costume worn by Christopher Reeve.

Throughout the evening there will be a dinner buffet, drinks, music, door prizes, free gift giveaways and a chance for Superman collectors and fans from across America (and the world) to socialize and just have a whole lot of fun.

At the start of the auction, the Owner and Curator of the SuperMuseum, Jim Hambrick, will be presenting the "George" award to the outstanding individual who has displayed selfless commitment to the promotion of the annual Superman celebration and its many worthwhile events. The "George" award is a gold statue made in the likeness of George Reeves, who portrayed Superman in the 1950s TV series, The Adventures of Superman.

All invited guests are welcome to submit any of their own Superman collectibles to be put up for sale in the auction. Over 200 items are auctioned off and some great finds are always present.

During the course of the celebration, the town of Metropolis puts on various events for the smaller children, like a Superboy and Supergirl contest, a 5km bike race for the adults and a vintage car show. There will also be a large carnival in town at the same time and of course, you have the SuperMuseum.

The SuperMuseum is the largest collection of Superman memorabilia in the world. Collected by Jim Hambrick since 1959, the SuperMuseum has over 10,000 items showcased from Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, and Dean Cain, as well as original comic art from the likes of Joe Shuster to Curt Swan to Alex Ross. You will not find a larger collection of Superman memorabilia anywhere in the world.

If you can't make it to the Superman Celebration, then you might like to visit the Metropolis Illinois " Superman Gift & Collectors Store" where you can purchase heaps of Superman merchandise, including exclusive Superman Celebration items, such as badges, t-shirts, magnets, and so much more.



Superman Festival Information:

For hotel information and general town/celebration details contact Jim Hambrick at supermuseum@hcis.net or the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at metrochamber@hcis.net or on (800) 949-5740.

For celebration auction information, contact David Olsen at davidgolsen@cs.com.

For film showing information, contact John Field at vidrare@earthlink.net.