About the Superman HomepageContents:
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- Steve Younis and the story behind the Superman Homepage.
- Profiles of the Superman Homepage crew.
- Achievements, Awards and Recognition.
STEVE YOUNIS, Owner/Editor-in-Chief
NEAL BAILEY, Assistant Editor
Main Staff, Writers and Reviewers:
GLEN J. CLARK
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"An Australian fights the Never-ending Battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way"
Author: Steve Younis
I've always been a Superman fan, having watched the Superman and SuperFriends cartoons on TV as a child. However it wasn't until mid-1995 when I found, bought and read a novel called "The Death and Life of Superman" by Roger Stern that I really began to seriously become a Superman fan/collector.
After reading the novel, an ad at the back of the book for Superman Comics attracted my attention and had me searching out my local Comic Shop to get my first taste of Superman comic books... and so began a humble little hobby that would grow into something beyond my wildest dreams.
It was also around the same time that I first accessed the growing world of the Internet, and I naturally sought out websites dedicated to Superman and related information.
Amongst others, I came across what to me was the most informative and up-to-date Superman website called the Superman Homepage. This site was maintained by an American guy called Andrew J Gould. Andrew and I quickly became friends via email, discussing the latest Superman comics, TV show episodes, etc... It wasn't till mid-1996 that Andrew told me that he was ill... in fact dying. Andrew suffered from a rare genetic skin disease, dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, which causes the skin to blister and scar in response to minor injuries, and predisposed him to skin cancer. Sadly Andrew passed away in November 1996 but leading up to his death the two of us organised for Andrew's computer files to be transferred to me so I could continue on his work at the Superman Homepage.
Being a Graphic Designer by profession, I set about updating the website to have a more user-friendly look and feel, adding more content and a wider range of information on top of what Andrew had done, including adding information which Andrew had planned to do but had never been able to get around to.
In early 1999 the Superman Homepage had been built up to be rated as one of the premier Superman websites on the World Wide Web, averaging over 200 unique visitors a day. I was joined by up to 8 volunteers from around the world in keeping the website's content as current as possible, with regular reviews of the weekly Superman comics, Episode Guides of the TV shows, latest news and rumours, interactive Trivia Quiz, to name just a few of the areas being updated regularly. Contacts had been made with Superman-related stars and creative people, such as writers on the Superman Comics, committee members who organise the Superman Festival in Metropolis, Illinois... and the ultimate experience... contact with Christopher Reeve through a mutual friend!
In early June 1999 I was contacted by a man named Chip Meyers. Basically he and his company were setting up a major website called Fandom which would be the central place for people to come to who were interested in Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy, and he wanted me to take control of the Superman section. There were a lot of fine details to work out, but what it came down to was that he wanted to pay me to do my hobby!
After much discussions, the deal was done. The Fandom website (of which my Superman Homepage was to be one of 12 other sections in the initial set-up) was to be launched on the 1st of November 1999. Between June and November there was a lot of work to be done, but thankfully I was able to get most of the Superman Homepage up and ready for the big launch.
Fandom was a big success, and reaction to my move had been positive. The Superman Homepage did really well with traffic building to over 1,600 unique visitors a day on average, with a growing community involved in the Superman Message Board and Chat Room. My site's reputation as one of the premier online Superman destinations has resulted in exclusive interviews with "Superman: The Movie" Director Richard Donner, Producer and Editor on the restoration of "Superman: The Movie" Michael Thau. Both myself and the Superman Homepage have received mentions in DC Comics' "Superman" comic books, with interviews conducted with the editor, writers, and artists working on the Superman comics.
Sadly, due to economic difficulties, Fandom Inc. closed its doors in mid-2001. However the Superman Homepage continued to live on, moving to a new location at www.supermanhomepage.com, returning to an independant existence as a fan-run website.
The Superman Homepage has continued to move with the times, creating an immersive fan experience, with different interactive and multimedia features, including a monthly podcast, weekly news video reports, weekly live internet radio show, as well as having a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other Social Media avenues. We even have our own iOS and Android app!
Over the years this website has been a resource for many Superman projects, including the movie "Superman Returns", the "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" documentary, "The Essential Superman Encyclopedia" publication, "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" documentary, and more.
In 2013 the Superman Homepage was invited to attend the World Premiere of "Man of Steel" in New York, where I was able to chat with Henry Cavill and Zack Snyder at the After Party. Both were familiar with the Superman Homepage, with Henry Cavill thanking me for all the hard work we do, telling me it was the only Superman fan site he visited.
Today the site boasts around 8,000 unique visitors daily, and continues to grow in size and content, with more news, more reviews, more interviews and... well... more Superman!
I'm really looking forward to continuing this adventure in my affiliation with the world of Superman.
Up, up and away!
Profiles of Current Members of the Superman Homepage CrewName: Steve Younis
Email: Click here to send Steve an email
Location: NSW Australia
Occupation: Graphic Designer/Web Designer
DOB: September 16, 1971
Superman Homepage Contribution: Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Meeting all the wonderful people who share the same crazy passion that I do. :)
I love Superman because: He does the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do.
Name: Neal Bailey
Email: Click here to send Neal an email
Location: Tacoma, Washington, USA
DOB: December 22, 1979
Bio: Born and raised in Tacoma, WA. Five years of college, then the job, then the quitting, then the writing, then the running, and yelling, and dinosaurs. My basic life is the five prose and four poetry books I've written coupled with construction work.
Superman Homepage Contribution: I wrote reviews for the comics, I also wrote the majority of the reviews for Smallville. I work with Steve on editorial direction and new concepts for fan interaction. I was co-host for over 6 years of the Radio KAL podcast and over 3 years worth of weekly "Bailey Planet" segments for the "Speeding Bulletin" video reports.
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Interacting with literally DOZENS of creators, being interviewed by the BBC, getting recognized in public, finding a writing style, niche, and audience, and most especially meeting all of you cool people who inspire me.
I love Superman because: He is a foolish idealist who seeks out the best in everything, like me. And hey, who wouldn't want to be able to give a heat vision colonic?
Name: Stephen Wright
Email: Click here to send Stephen an email
Website: I'm not that cool, but I do have a myspace page. Woot!!
Location: Clementon, New Jersey USA... That's south Jersey, not North. Big difference.
Occupation: Scopist (this is a person who edits Court Reporter transcriptions... you know, the people that you see typing everything that is said in a court room... well I translate those notes and spruce it up). In about a year I should be a full fledged Court Reporter.
DOB: June 20, 1974
Bio: Not much to tell. I've been a member of the site for about 2 years now. Came to the site when Superman Returns started to film and have stuck around ever since. I was a UPS driver for 3 years, until two back surgeries caused me to have to go back to school and find a new career. I'm currently enrolled at the School of Court Reporting in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. I'm engaged to be married to the love of my life in February of '08. And since it seems to be my defining characteristic I might as well tell you that I'm 6'8". Yes, I'm tall... Hence, the back problems.
Superman Homepage Contribution: Moderator of Message Board and Comments system.
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Nothing really super cool, since I'm just a Mod, but, oohhhhhhh how I love the power! Getting to know Steve Younis a bit better and realizing that he is without a doubt one of the biggest Superman fans I have ever seen. I mean have you SEEN that collection? INSANE!!
I love Superman because: My parents split up when I was 7 years old, and just like Star Wars, the Superman movie's became my escape from my parent's divorce. Like everyone else, I love Superman because of what he stands for. How he shows that we ALL have the ability to be Super in our lives. And how great a role model he is to children everywhere. In comics today that is much harder to find then it used to be.
Name: Michael Bailey
Email: Click here to send Michael an email
Location: Fayetteville, GA USA
Occupation: Head Cashier at Home Depot
DOB: February 29, 1976 (Yes, it's Superman's birthday too)
Superman Homepage Contribution: Mild Mannered Reviewer, occasional articles
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Jeph Loeb knows who I am. That's pretty cool.
I love Superman because: Throughout his history Superman's greatest appeal is the fact that he does what he does because it is the right thing to. All those powers and he chooses to help. I don't really know if I could be that selfless.
Name: Jeffrey Taylor
Email: Click here to send Jeffrey an email
Aliases: shaxpere, Big Red Jeff, Big Red, Red
Location: Northern California, USA
Occupation: Burden on Society
DOB: November 10, 1979
Superman Homepage Contribution: Reviewer of "Superman: The Animated Series" and Caption Contest compere.
I love Superman because: When I was eight years old, Christopher Reeve's son, Matt was on my baseball team. I got to meet him before and after his accident. I already loved the movies, but then I got into the comics and figure it's the healthiest addiction I could start. Although my wallet disagrees and thinks I should collect rocks.
Name: James Lantz
Email: Click here to send James an email
Location: Formerly Ohio, USA, now in Italy with my gorgeous wife
Occupation: You know that guy on the bus that swats at imaginary flying elves and cusses about the government? That's me
DOB: March 10, 1973
Superman Homepage Contribution: Reviewer of 1940s Superman radio shows, 1950s "Adventures of Superman" TV episodes, and some comic reviews here and there.
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Two things actually. The first is getting to write about a character I enjoy because I feel it's a way of saying "Thank You" to him and all of the creative minds behind his adventures over the years. The second is getting to interview Fred Shay. We spoke for over an hour about Superman and old time radio shows. It was like talking to an old friend. Mr. Shay even mailed me a newspaper article about his Superman collection, which I keep in a scrapbook.
I love Superman because: As a boy, Superman and other comic book heroes gave me hope. Now, I try my best (even if I don't always succeed) to live up to the values they taught me.
Achievements, Awards and Recognition
- March 2001: The Superman Homepage and Steve Younis mentioned in the letters page of "The Adventures of Superman #588" for running a website poll to give Lucy Lane and Ron Troupe's son a middle name.
- July 30, 2001: Superman Homepage Voted No. 1 Superman fan site in the world! (Top 20 Superman Sites poll)
- July 30, 2001: The September issue of Wizard Magazine (Wizard #120 - page 80) featured a small review of the Superman Homepage stating: "Frequent updates, comprehensive information and a crisp design make this one of our favorite Superman sites."
- November 4, 2001: The December issue of "Internet.au", Australian Internet magazine, featured a review of the Superman Homepage in the "Web Doctor" section on page 109 of Issue 74, stating "The Superman Homepage is rich with news, facts and knowledge about the Man of Steel, and is designed and displayed in an easy to follow, simplistic manner."
- November 21, 2001: The TV Guide magazine (Vol 49, No. 47), as part of their "Web Guide" feature, took a look at three "Smallville" related websites, the Superman Homepage was amongst them, and was described as: The Superman Homepage - which has an index of comic books, links to other Super sites and comprehensive guides to various TV versions of Big Blue.
- January 18, 2002: The Superman Homepage website and address made an appearance within the pages of "Superman #178"! On page 5 of the comic book, Lex Luthor is seen to be at this computer visiting a website from which he reads about Superman's visit to Smallville. The website seen on his computer screen is a comic book representation of this very website, with the address "SupermanHomepage.com" clearly visible on the screen!
- March 5, 2002: Steve Younis and the Superman Homepage are featured in an article printed in the March 5th State Edition of the Australian newspaper "The Daily Telegraph".
- December 22, 2002: The February 2003 issue of Wizard Magazine (issue #137) lists the Superman Homepage as the "Site of the Month".
- 2002/2003: Steve Younis credited in "Superman: Shadow of Apokolips" GameCube video game for assistance with research material.
- June 12, 2003: Steve Younis mentioned in ABC article about Metropolis Illinois for annual Superman Celebration.
- June 17, 2003: Steve Younis interviewed for L.A. Times front page newspaper article on the annual Metropolis Illinois Superman Festival.
- August 1, 2003: Australian Radio Station "Triple M" contacted Steve Younis for an interview to discuss the so-called "Superman Curse".
- August 27, 2003: Steve Younis in "Superman: Metropolis #7". On page 2 of this comic smack-bang in the middle of the page, above Jimmy Olsen's head, is a framed award... apparently a Baldy Award. The name on the award appears to be STEVEN YOUNIS.
- November 9, 2003: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage mentioned in Baltimore (Maryland) Sun newspaper article on Noel Neill (includes a Superman Homepage exclusive photo as the main article image).
- January 29, 2004: The Superman Homepage was featured as the Top Referrer on the WB's "Webmaster Relations" website.
- May 23, 2004: Superman Homepage writer Neal Bailey interviewed by BBC News Hour radio program for Superman segment.
- August 2004: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage mentioned in a Comic Book article in the August edition of "Esquire" magazine.
- October 10, 2004: Steve Younis interviewed on U.K. radio station LBC on the death of Christopher Reeve.
- October 10, 2004: Superman Homepage writer Neal Bailey interviewed by BBC News Hour radio program on the death of Christopher Reeve.
- October 14, 2004: Superman Homepage mentioned in article in the La Hora newspaper from Guatemala on the occasion of Christopher Reeve's death.
- October 14, 2004: The Australian "Daily Telegraph" newspaper printed a whole page on the history of Superman in the October 14th edition. In the wake of Christopher Reeve's death, the page details the history of the character from the 1930s right up today. The page 45 article recommends the Superman Homepage as the website to visit for more information on the Man of Steel!
- October 14, 2004: Steve Younis interviewed in the October issue of "DVD Review" magazine in regards to a possible "Superman II" Special Edition DVD release.
- October 18, 2004: The Superman Homepage is mentioned in a Superman article published in the El Diario de la Republica newspaper from San Luis, Argentina.
- October 20, 2004: Steve Younis interviewed regarding the "Superman in Songs" page at the Superman Homepage in an article in the East Bay Express.
- October 28, 2004: Steve Younis quoted in a tribute article to Christopher Reeve published by The Bridge Paper.
- November 2004: The Superman Homepage and Steve Younis referenced in an article titled "Flame Wars" within the December issue (#107) of Australia's Internet.au magazine.
- January 10, 2005: Steve Younis interviewed on live Australian radio for ABC Radio Queensland, to discuss the new Superman movie and the history of Superman.
- April 9, 2005: Steve Younis interviewed on Channel 7 TV News, Channel 10 TV News, and The Sun-Herald newspaper regarding filming of "Superman Returns" in York Street, Sydney.
- June 1, 2005: Steve Younis interviewed on various ABC Radio stations across Australia in regards to the 67th anniversary of Superman's debut in "Action Comics #1".
- June 8, 2005: Steve Younis interviewed on Adelaide ABC Radio in Australia in conjunction with the launch of an interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Melbourne in regards to the enduring nature of the superhero.
- September 17, 2005: The Superman Homepage is mentioned as "the most successful Superman site" in an article titled "Look! Down on the ground!" in the Good Weekend magazine (from the Australian Sydney Morning Herald newspaper) which was originally first published in The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, London.
- November 1, 2005: The Superman Homepage is referenced in the Harper Collins book "Complete Cult: TV HEAVEN", a witty, highly opinionated and thoroughly researched look at British TV discussing all the cult hits classics, one-hit wonders, soaps, TV firsts and forgotten gems.
- December 14, 2005: Steve Younis interviewed on Queensland ABC Radio in Australia regarding "Superman Returns".
- April 7, 2006: Superman Homepage writer Barry Freiman interviewed by E! Online regarding Superboy court case between Time Warner/DC Comics and Jerry Siegel's family.
- May 2006: Steve Younis and the Superman Homepage credited on "Superman: The Ultimate Max Fleischer Cartoon Collection" DVD for cartoon synopsis information.
- May 2006: The Superman Homepage credited as a source in the book, "The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman" from BenBella Books (page 219).
- June 2006: Steve Younis and Barry Freiman receive credits for research assistance and reference material in "Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman" Documentary DVD.
- June 2006: Steve Younis pictured with Noel Neill on page 181 of the hardcover edition of "Truth, Justice, & The American Way: The Life and Times of Noel Neill - The Original Lois Lane" biography.
- June 2006: Steve Younis listed on acknowledgments page in "Superman Returns: The Visual Guide" by Daniel Wallace.
- July 13, 2006: Neal Bailey interviewed live on BBC Radio Northern Ireland.
- September 2006: SupermanHomepage.com referenced for "Smallville" Season 6 information on AOL Television website.
- June 1, 2007: Steve Younis interviewed on ABC Radio Perth Australia in regards to the 69th anniversary of Superman's debut in "Action Comics #1".
- June 2007: Barry Freiman and Superman Homepage listed in the "Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics 2007 Edition".
- October 2007: Superman Homepage referenced numerous times in "Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway" by Bruce Scivally.
- January 7, 2008: Michael Bailey and SupermanHomepage.com referenced in the book "A Complete History of American Comic Books" by Shirrel Rhoades.
- January 2008: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage listed on acknowledgements page in "The DC Comics Action Figure Archive" by Scott Beatty.
- March 13, 2008: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage mentioned on Australia's Channel 9 "The Morning Show" in a segment about collections, with a photo of Steve's Superman collection shown.
- June 6, 2008: Steve Younis interviewed on 4BC Queensland radio in Australia in regards to Superman's 70th anniversary.
- June 8, 2008: Steve Younis interviewed on ABC Perth radio 6PR 882 in Australia in regards to Superman's 70th anniversary.
- June 14, 2008: Steve Younis wins 2008 George Award at the 30th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.
- July 9, 2008: Steve Younis interviewed once again on ABC Perth radio in Australia in regards to Superman's 70th anniversary.
- August 25, 2008: Steve Younis quoted in USA Today newspaper article titled "The crime that created Superman: Did fatal robbery spawn Man of Steel?"
- February 26, 2009: CNN uses a screen grab from the Superman Homepage in an article about "Action Comics #1".
- May 14, 2009: Superman Homepage referenced on page 490 of "Flights of Fantasy: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio & TV's Adventures of Superman" book by Michael J. Hayde.
- October 12, 2009: Superman Homepage rated the No. 1 Superhero Fan Website by MakeUseOf.com.
- November 13, 2009: A parody of the Superman Homepage (called "The Blur Homepage") appeared on "Idol", the 8th episode of Season 9 of "Smallville".
- December 24, 2009: Steve Younis joined The JackaL as guest speaker on Blog Talk Radio.
- January 6, 2010: Superman Homepage named Best Fan Generated Site by OmniComic.com.
- January 20, 2010: Steve Younis' Superman Collection was shown on the "Robot 6" section of ComicBookResources.com known as "Send Us Your Shelf Porn".
- February 3, 2010: Steve Younis interviewed for "It's a Dan's World" website.
- March 14, 2010: Superman Homepage named "Best Fansite" at the 2009 Project Fanboy Awards.
- March 2010: Steve Younis referenced in issue #92 of "Alter Ego" magazine.
- April 2010: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage in issue #40 of SciFiNow magazine's "Obsessed" feature.
- May 1, 2010: An essay titled "The Curse of Superman (1948-2006)" written by Steve Younis is published in the book "It's Only a Movie... Isn't it?" by Jason Day.
- July 1, 2010: SupermanHomepage.com referenced in the book "Siegel and Shuster's Funnyman: The First Jewish Superhero, from the Creators of Superman" by Thomas Andrae and Mel Gordon.
- August 31, 2010: Superman Homepage mentioned in the acknowledgments page of "The Essential Superman Encyclopedia".
- September 12, 2010: Steve Younis interviewed on "Tha Jackals Head" show on PSN Radio.
- October 2010: Steve Younis interviewed on InvestComics TV.
- November 9, 2010: Steve Younis and the Superman Homepage listed in the credits for "Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics" DVD.
- November 18, 2010: Steve Younis listed on credits page of the huge book "75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking".
- November 21, 2010: Superman Homepage featured on FirstComicsNews.com.
- April 15, 2011: Steve Younis interviewed on Geekvolution's Comic Book Late Night video podcast.
- May 1, 2011: Steve Younis quoted in E! Online article titled "Five Potential Spoilers for New Superman Flick".
- July 14, 2011: Steve Younis interviewed for "All the Deaths of Superman" article on Suite101.com.
- September 2011: Steve Younis interviewed in issue #58 of SciFiNow magazine for the SciFi Icon feature. The interview is titled "Man of the Past or Man of Tomorrow?" and can be found on page 111.
- May 2012: Steve Younis and the Superman Homepage listed in the bibliography of "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye.
- June 21, 2012: Steve Younis interviewed by Superman Javi Olivares.
- April 1, 2013: Superman Homepage referenced in "Superman: The Unauthorized Biography" by Glen Weldon.
- April 18, 2013: Steve Younis interviewed live on ABC Radio 702 Sydney about Superman's 75th anniversary.
- June 4, 2013: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage mentioned in Acknowledgments and Notes of "Super Boys" by Brad Ricca.
- July 2013: Steve Younis and SupermanHomepage.com credited for "Steel Yourself" comic book article published on page 64 of "Australian Men's Health" magazine (July 2013 edition).
- July 2013: Steve Younis interviewed about the Superman Homepage at Supernatural Entertainment.
- December 26, 2013: Steve Younis quoted in Queens Jewish Link newspaper about Superman's 75th anniversary.
- April 2017: Steve Younis and Superman Homepage referenced in Notes of "Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon" by Ian Gordon.