Christopher Reeve Superman Action Figure

Superman – A Fascinating Past and Present:
As the creation of two teenagers living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1932, Superman made his first appearance in the pages of Action Comics in 1938, and served to create the superhero genre that still evidences huge popularity today. From the imagination of American-born writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster, the character of Superman embodied the archetype of one who fights against injustice above all, even when faced with threats to his personal safety. During the time Superman was introduced, many readers were also intrigued by his otherworldly status, a characteristic that had children pondering the stars while many adults faced the reality of economic hardship.

As Siegal and Shuster marketed their concept, the original character developed from a bald, telepathic villain, into a hero that would fight for social justice and against tyranny.

The finalized story about Superman was that of Kal-El, an infant born on the planet Krypton to Jor-El, a scientist, and Lara, daughter of an astronaut. Jor-El foresaw the destruction of their planet, and was able to save his son moments before the destruction of Krypton, via a homemade rocket ship that was sent to Earth. The infant’s unique arrival in Smallville, Kansas, is discovered by a farmer, Jonathan Kent, who along with his wife Martha, adopt the baby and subsequently raise him as their own, naming him Clark. All goes along well with Clark’s maturity until he starts to display abilities far beyond those of average boys or men, which become the basis for the superhero powers of Superman.

After the comic book appearance of the character was settled upon, complete with a colorful cape and an S-emblazoned outfit, the task of creating a persona for Superman’s alter ego began. The personality of Clark Kent evidenced a strong sense of morals as the result of growing up in a small town, and therefore, the same sense of morality and righteousness is seen in Superman as the kind-hearted and brave hero who fights to make the world a better place. The do-gooder sense of right and wrong is never questioned by Superman fans, but rather, is believed in and agreed with no matter what punishment is meted out by a man who chooses justice over revenge every time.

As a superhero, Superman possesses extraordinary powers that were initially limited to superhuman strength, running at amazing speeds, as well as a body that could not be pierced by anything, except an exploding artillery shell. However, just as the character himself evolved, so did his super powers, ultimately including flight among the most famous, as well as super vision powers, super hearing, and super breath among others. However, for all of his extraordinary abilities, Superman still had one frailty: a vounerability to green Kryptonite, described as mineral debris from Krypton, transformed into radioactive material by the forces that destroyed the planet. Exposure to this material immobilizes Superman, rendering his powers useless – a fact that many fans feared, and many enemies of Superman took great pleasure in knowing and using to their advantage.
Amid high anticipation, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to present the Superman 12-inch Figure from the 1978 classic superhero film Superman. The movie-accurate Superman collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Christopher Reeve as The Man of Steel, highlighting the authentic head sculpt, movie-accurate costume and detailed light-up figure stage imitating the Fortress of Solitude.

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