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HP114 – Superman

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Thank you Drew M. from Orlando, Florida for this request.

Random Superman facts:

According to an interview with Joe Shuster shortly before his death, the name “Clark Kent” was chosen as a combination of the names of two movie stars, Clark Gable and Kent Taylor

In the words of Warner Bros. President Alan F. Horn, “I thought Superman Returns (2006) was a very successful movie, but I think it should have done $500 million worldwide. We should have had perhaps a little more action to satisfy the young male crowd.” $175 million is the maximum budget the studio is aiming for Superman: Man of Steel. from IMDB.

I originally missed this email when researching for this podcast but Stephanie S. sent me a great link to a little video.

Episode Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Superman

The encyclopedia of superheroes on film and television
Muir, John Kenneth, 1969- REF 791.43652 MUIR J

Additional Links:

Watch a public domain Superman cartoon here.

History of the “S” symbol: http://www.metropolisplus.com/Superman/

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG02/superman/history.html

http://www.vex.net/~dq711/superman.htm

Superman beware, kryptonite is real:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2007/april/news_11392.html

Superman at fifty : the persistence of a legend
Engle, Gary D., 1947- 741.50973

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