By Jacobus Dixon

By the early 1980s, Hollywood was beginning to notice more and more how summer blockbusters and franchise films kept their wallets full. Movies like Jaws, Star Wars, Rocky, and Superman just raked in the dough, so naturally there were sequels planned to recapture the magic. This was especially good for the Superman franchise because director Richard Donner had opted to shoot the original and the sequel back-to-back (good thing the first movie was a hit, or that just would have been awkward). Apparently people liked the idea of seeing a superhero as an actual action/adventure character and not just campy comedy. Christopher Reeve gave a Superman performance that was so three-dimensional and human, it made us remember why we fell in love with the character in the first place (and also why so many still think of him as their favorite Superman).  By the time Superman: The Movie was released in 1978, about 75% of Superman II was shot and completed. With Donner behind the camera, and Reeve in the tights it wouldn’t be long before we got our amazing sequel starring the Man of Steel.

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By Jaccobus Dixon 

Why did people bother with Superman? He was an old-fashioned, goody-two-shoes with the personality of sliced bread. Sure, George Reeves made him popular in The Adventures of Superman, but that was during 1950s America. This was 1978. Why should a major film studio like Warner Brothers waste their time with a children’s icon that was starting to become too square even for them? Well…he inspired hope during a period that wasn’t very hopeful (the Depression). And, let’s be honest, things weren’t looking too great in 1978 either. A ton of resources were wasted on a war that was both unnecessary and unpopular (Vietnam), the Watergate scandal shook the confidence people had in their politicians, the economy was dipping hard, and of course there was the possibility of a nuclear showdown with the USSR just to make things worse. If people ever needed a good escapist fantasy, this was a good time.

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Superman

By Jacobus Dixon

What is it that Superman stands for? Most of us would answer “truth, justice, and the American way…duh”. But believe it or not, it was originally just truth and justice. Which, don’t get me wrong, are pretty arduous and lofty ideals to fight for. So where does this whole “American way” come from? Aren’t truth and justice enough to make an ideal hero? Well…in an atmosphere that has American soldiers entering a second world war, no.

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By Jacobus Dixon

Superheroes and costumed vigilantes were the bread and butter of the comic book magazine industry. They were colorful he-men who took no guff from nobody but ddidn’tuse their abilities to abuse innocent people. They were like local sports stars everybody would cheer for. But as a group, they weren’t very diverse. Their costumes were different, but underneath they were all just a bunch of muscle-bound, wealthy white guys. This was the group that had the money, so popular art and commercial products were primarily aimed at pleasing them above everyone else (unfortunately this is still true for some products).  And if you weren’t one of these wealthy white guys, these products would make you want to adjust your aesthetic tastes to be accepted into their sphere of influence. However, some felt that this pandering was a little too exclusive. William Moulton Marston was one of those people.

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Superman Comics

By Jacobus Dixon

If you love comic books, then there’s a pretty good chance that you like movies as well. So isn’t it great when the powers that be decide to put the time, money, and effort into a motion picture that gives these characters a chance to jump off the page? Well…it can be when it’s done right. But while movies and comics are very similar, they do have their differences. With illustration, the only thing that can hamper the artist is a lack of imagination and/or a decent hard surface to draw on with good light. With cinema, you’ve got all these different lights, sets, props, actors, sound technicians, visual effects technicians, assistants, studio hands…woof, it’s a lot. And what’s happening is that you have this virtual army of people bringing to life something that took maybe one or two guys to create. So to say that things get messy is a bit of an understatement. Fortunately though, there are times when the planets align, and this army is able to adapt a piece just beautifully. But…like I said, it’s once in a blue moon.

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