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SUPERMAN - For Tomorrow

She makes me human?  No, I can't be that.

But she does make me...a man.

SUPERMAN - FOR TOMORROW presents the Superman as a darker, brooding  hero who is dealing with the disappearance or vanishing of the love of his life.  Clark is devasted and blames himself but they are miraculously reunited in one of the most passionate comic renderings of Superman and Lois I think I've ever scene.   I have always seen some great avi's and arts made from scans from this comic book and Hana [ profile] hanakt had posted a fantastic picspam of all the CLOIS scenes (because there are more then what I've posted) on her LJ but they are in spanish.

After how S8 ended with Lois going POOF when she accidently put on the Legion ring left for Clark to use and Clark giving up on his own humanity after the disasterous events leading up to and including Doomsday I was reminded of the comic FOR TOMORROW and the vanishing.  Under the cut I'll discuss more about FOR TOMORROW and include some spoilery thoughts about S9.  I've also included full size scans of the beautiful passionate scene under the cut.   I was going to re-size them but the artwork is so beautiful I didn't have the heart and I thought others might like to snag them to use for arts.

Thanks to Uadlika for the use of the scans.

HUGE images behind the cut - WARNING!

For Tomorrow Picspam )For Tomorrow Picspam )
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I've always wondered who Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster based Lois Lane on.  The answer is actually 2 ladies are the inspiration for the famous iconic character and I'll share what I've learned in 2 posts.  It wasn't  Lois Long who was a classmate of Siegal's and sang in the school choir or Lois Donaldson who was the editor of the school paper he worked on called the GLENVILLE H.S. TORCH.   Smallville fans.... notice anything?

The first lady who was the inspiration for the characteristics and personality of Ms. Lane was  Lois Amster who was the most beautiful girl in Glenville High, where Jerry and Joe went to school in Cleveland.  It seems that Siegal had a crush on Amster and would stare at her from afar and she thought of him as a nerd that she avoided.  It seems that Siegal might be the author of some romantic poems published about Lois Amster in the Glenville H.S. Torch school paper.

“She scarcely ever looks at me, I worship every glance, If only she would talk to me I’d do a jubilant dance.”  

It sure sounds like this was the basis of the mild mannered reporter in love with the intrepid beautiful reporter.  Lois Amster is still alive at 92 and is described as beautiful, spunky, independent, and witty and always wanted to be a detective...sounds like Lois Lane to me. *grins*

Sources and links to articles here... )

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As we get closer and closer to Comic Con and another season of Smallville's Clark Kent getting closer and closer to his heroic destiny I thought it would be fun to go back to the beginning and see where the inspiration came from to create the most famous comic book hero...ever.   So I've found some interesting articles I'd like to share on my LJ so this is the first installment.  Thank you [ profile] shardsofblu for patiently waiting...enjoy:)

On April 26 1992, the last interview with one of the co-creators of Superman, Joe Shuster was done for the TORONTO STAR,  Joe Shuster was born in Toronto, Canada but later moved to Cleveland Ohio when he was 10 but in this interview he reveals why Toronto and its newspaper were very important to him and some other interesting tidbits.

``Cleveland was not nearly as metropolitan as Toronto was, and it was not as big or as beautiful. Whatever buildings I saw in Toronto remained in my mind and came out in the form of Metropolis."

Interesting facts.
  • Superman is patterned off of the "heroic physique and glowing optimism" Douglas Fairbanks Sr
  • Clark Kent's name is from old movie stars Clark Gable and Kent Taylor and he's patterned off of Harold Lloyd and Shuster himself.
  • Lois Lane?  Joe Shuster's model was Joanne Carter, who later became the other co-creator of Superman, Jerry Siegel's wife. Note...Jerry Siegal invisioned the character and personality of Lois Lane before he met the model.
  • Joe was a newsboy for one of Canada's biggest newspapers
  • The Daily Planet was called a different name originally but was changed by DC....The Daily Star...aka The Toronto Daily Star now known today as the Toronto Star.
  • The Toronto newspaper introduced him to the colorful and imaginative world of comics at an early age and by age 4 he was drawing all over the walls of his parents house!

``There it is,'' Shuster says, pointing to a picture of Superman descending toward a Metropolis skyline. The caption on the comic panel says the Man of Steel has landed near the Daily Star building.

``Sure! The Star!'' Shuster exclaims, wheezing slightly. ``Not the Planet. That came later.``I still remember drawing one of the earliest panels that showed the newspaper building. We needed a name, and I spontaneously remembered the Toronto Star. So that's the way I lettered it. I decided to do it that way on the spur of the moment, because The Star was such a great influence on my life.''

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While we are waiting for a brand new episode of Smallville, INFAMOUS, and the further adventures of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, I thought I share this with my F-list because many of you are fans of Smallville / Superman and Toronto plays a part in the blue tights legacy.  T.O. was the birthplace of the co-creator and original Superman artist Joe Shuster.  He moved to Cleveland as teenager but when he needed inspiration to draw "METROPOLIS" , he drew you guessed it....Toronto.  The Daily Planet with its busy newsroom is iconic in the mythos but if you know your Superman history you'll know that originally the creators called it the DAILY STAR and only changed if for legal reasons years later.   During his youth, Shuster worked for the Toronto Daily Star and drew upon the architecture of the Star's original building and its busy newsroom to bring Clark Kent's and Lois Lane's professional world to life.

Behind the cut I've placed pictures of the original Toronto Daily Star building that Joe Shuster used to create the DAILY PLANET, another picture Joe Shuster with Jerry Siegel,  and a modern picture of Toronto's waterfront.

I think Smallville was really lucky that there was an art deco building in downtown Vancouver that looked alot like the old Toronto Star building that inspired the drawings of the Daily Planet in the comics. 


Sadly this building no longer exists and fell to the wrecking ball in the early 1070's.

Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel

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I was just reading over on the SuperHero Hype Boards when I saw a new post about news story from the industry trade paper the Hollywood Reporter that will make alot of people happy!

CW renews six series - 'Smallville' to continue with Tom Welling

By Nellie Andreeva

Feb 24, 2009, 04:02 PM ET

The CW has handed out early pickups to six series -- “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill, “90210,” the Thursday combo of “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” and the reality hit “America’s Next Top Model,” which has been greenlighted for cycles 13 and 14.

All will return in the fall.

The ninth season renewal for “Smallville” came after producing studio Warner Bros TV was able to secure a new deal with star Tom Welling.

Two of the show’s showrunners, Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin, are off to the CW’s “Melrose Place” pilot. If it’s picked up to series, “Smallville” will be steered by the two remaining showrunners, Kelly Sounders and Brian Peterson.

Last fall, WBTV signed “Hill” creator/exec producer/showrunner Mark Schwahn for another season on the show.

“As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” the CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff said.

Left on the bubble is freshman drama “Privileged,” which has developed a strong fan base but has been a modest ratings performer.

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It's always nice to see Superman illustrations popping up unexpectantly as a reminder of how iconic the image still is. I opened up my Sunday morning paper and this image was gracing the cover story of the entertainment section of the Toronto Star for a story about a theatre that needs a hero to stage a turnaround.  It's always nice to see the Toronto Star print something to do with Superman as well since Joe Shuster who originally illustrated Superman worked for the Star...aka Toronto Daily Star which became known in the comics as the Daily Star then later changed by DC to the Daily Planet. :)


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