2006 Merchandise & Miscellaneous News Archives

July 12, 2006: Superman - The Man of Butter

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's butter!

The Des Moines Register reports that this year, the Iowa State Fair's new butter sculptor Sarah Pratt, a 29-year-old schoolteacher from Norwalk, will create a figure of Iowa native and "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh as Superman for the annual display.

"(Superman) will be standing upright, cape fluttering," said Pratt, who is in the process of transitioning into lead sculptor, after 15 years apprenticing for Norma "Duffy" Lyon, the fair's famed sculptor for more than 45 years. Lyon will continue to mentor Pratt.

"With the weight of butter, it'd be hard to have him flying."

It has taken Superman 68 years of comic book existence, five major motion pictures, numerous TV series and radio serials, repeated savings of the Earth and many of its civilians, and several costume changes before he could finally earn his place as an icon worthy of this buttery honor.

Already nervous about the difficulty of carving a flowing cape, Pratt is still considering whether to incorporate Superman's alter-ego Clark Kent into the sculpture.

Her dairy-fresh version will also differ from the movie Superman by being unable to fly and impervious to kryptonite.

Air conditioning malfunctions are another matter.

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