Original 1978 Superman storyboards up for auction

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Superman storyboards from 1978 are available this weekend, with 18 original pieces from the legendary Ivor Beddoes.


What is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and capable of leaping tall buildings in one bound? It would be Superman, of course, but you probably wouldn’t know it from the pictures. But it might be worth a look, like storyboards from the 1978s Superman ready for auction this weekend.

Via Peter Harrington Rare Books, 18 storyboards from Richard Donner’s classic Superman it will be up for auction at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair. But you’ll need prime coins, as the collection is worth just over $31,500 (£25,000.00).

Here are some details about the Superman storyboards, according to Peter Harrington’s website (where you can also check out the artwork): “Together 18 pages (approx. 202 x 300 mm), punched with holes on the left side. 17 pencil sketches on transparencies (14 with opaque backing paper) and 1 sheet with “Final Shooting Sequence” written in handwritten handwriting. Materials from adhesive on paperback, edges sometimes toned and slightly foxed with a few bumps, mostly well preserved.” The scene is when Jor-El (Marlon Brando) and Lara (Susannah York) send their son, Kal-El (aka Superman aka Clark Kent), to Earth.

Undoubtedly these are amazing products. The Superman storyboards are by Ivor Beddoes, the British artist who – whether or not he was credited – worked on a series of films featuring Powell & Pressburger’s The Red Shoes, Stanley Kubrick Barry Lyndon and two Star wars Movies from the original trilogy. As Beddoes died in 1982, they were Superman some of the last ones he made would have storyboards.

1978s Superman great to see an increase in interest this year. DC isn’t the only one working on it Superman: Legacybut his star was the focus of the Sundance documentary Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story (You can read our own Chris Bumbray’s 9/10 review here).

Superman it marked a major shift in the world of superhero movies. While the genre had decades to go before it reached its peak, credit must be given to the 1978 film, which showed the box office potential of such fare – and just how bad sequels could get…

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