£185.00

Christopher Reeve Signed Superman Display

"I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way!"


This sensational Superman display features the signature of the much missed Christopher Reeve, together with a great portrait of the super hero. It goes without saying that Christopher is a highly sought after signature, who sadly due to a riding accident, was unable to sign for the years preceding his premature death. An inspiration to us all, Reeve showed that he truly was a 'super man' with the dignity and bravery with which he faced his disability. The piece has been professionally double matted in classic blue and red and would make a great centre piece to any collection. Check out our other signed Superman displays.


Christopher Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City. When he was four, his parents (journalist Barbara Johnson and writer/professor Franklin Reeve) divorced. His mother moved with sons Christopher and Benjamin to Princeton, New Jersey, and married an investment banker a few years later. After graduating from high school, Reeve studied at Cornell university, while at the same time working as a professional actor. In his final year of Cornell, he was one of two students selected (Robin Williams) was the other) to study at New York's famous Juilliard School of Performing Arts, under the renowned John Houseman Although Christopher is most well known for his role as Superman (1978), a role which he played with both charisma and grace, his acting career spans a much larger ground. Paralyzed after a horse riding accident in May 1995, he died suddenly in 2004 at age 52, after several years of living and working with his severe disability - in the 9 years with which he lived with his disability he prompted debate across the globe into medical research.


After he died a number of political cartoons drawn to commemorate his death were Superman themed. Many artists drew a picture of of Reeve as Superman flying away from the wheelchair. In one picture, Superman came to Reeve's grave with flowers. In another picture, a grief stricken Superman reads the news of Reeve's death in the Daily Planet newspaper and says to the reader "He was my hero." In another picture, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Batman come to Reeve's grave with Batman commenting "He really was a super man." In another picture, a young boy in a wheelchair tells the reader: "He was the Man of Steel. He had incredible vision. He used his powers to save people. Nothing could stop him. And I think before that he acted in some Superman movies." Some pictures depicted Reeve arriving in heaven, dressed as Superman in one in which he says to Gabriel "You can keep the wings." and in another dressed as a regular angel he also declines the wings by saying "No thanks, I'd rather walk."


The original 1978 movie told the story of how unable to convince the ruling council of Krypton that their world would destroy itself soon, scientist Jor-El took drastic measures to preserve the Kryptonian race: He sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. There, gaining great powers under Earth's yellow sun, he will become a champion of truth and justice. Raised by the Kents, an elderly farm couple, Clark Kent learns that his abilities must be used for good. The adult Clark travels to Metropolis, where he becomes a mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet...and a caped wonder whose amazing feats stun the city: Superman! Meanwhile, Lex Luthor, the world's greatest criminal mind, is plotting the greatest real estate swindle of all time. Can't even the Man of Steel stop this nefarious scheme?


The development of the best method to show Superman flying was a long period of experimentation. The methods attempted included simply catapulting a dummy into the air, a remote control model airplane painted as the character and simply animating the flying sequences. The producers settled for a combination of back projection and specially designed zoom lenses that could create the illusion of movement by zooming in on Christopher Reeve while making the back projection appear to recede.

 

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Superman remains arguably the most popular of all superheroes. Richard Donner’s 1978 classic, and its sequels, marked giant steps forward in the world of special effects. As the posters for the movie screamed out “You’ll believe a man can fly”. Christopher Reeve’s devastating accident in the early 1990s is well documented. He is no longer able to sign and autographed items from any of the original cast members are very collectable. Bring the breathless magic of the movie into your home with this wonderful image.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

 

Features at a glance.....

 

Actor: Christopher Reeve

Role: Superman

Film: Superman

Size: 15x14 inches
 

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