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Supermans Kyptonian rocket


Supermans Kyptonian rocket


A panel from an old Superman Comic photoshopped into layers and composited into motion graphics / animation. I animated the rocket blast in After Effects.

Effect>  Simulation>  CC Particle Systems >    and added blur to the lines.

Superman Color Corrected

Multiple separate layers were duplicated. I used lasso and pen tools to cut out the images.  I then used auto color, color balance and the paint bucket fill tool to make the image look new.

Christopher Reeve – Superman 3D Tribute




This isn’t my work. It was made by someone brilliant named Francesco Accattatis.

I think Warner Brothers home video show hire him to do special editions of the currently awful Superman 3 and 4.  His effects would make those mediocre movies much more watchable.


Egads this guy is GOOD:



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I never really liked Dean Caine as Clark Kent / Superman in the 1990’s TV Show “Lois and Clark.”  He was too much of a pretty boy. Sure he had the huge muscles that Superman would have, but he was terrible as Clark Kent.  I could sorta believe Christopher Reeve as both Supes AND Clark but Caine couldn’t pull off both.

We had the reverse problem with Michael Keaton in 1989s BATMAN film, he was OK as Bruce Wayne (but JUST OK) )but terrible as Batman.

Any hoo- there never was a Big screen Shazam / Captain Marvel feature movie.  There was an all but forgotten Black and White Serial :

And a Saturday morning TV show that only lasted one season:

Captain Marvel / Shazam (in the DC comic books) always had such a unique face, and almost Asian squint in his eyes. Superman always had a square blocky face that was similar to almost every other comic book males face.

As much as I disliked Dean Caine as Superman, I think his odd Squinty eyed face would fit better as Captain Marvel.

Some more useless trivia, Elvis Presley based most of his stage look on Captain Marvel Junior. The wavy hair, the capes and lighting bolt imagery all come from that comic book character.


OK, I think I know how they did it….


How they showed Superman flying away and in the same shot, Clark Kent comes in the door.

OK, I think I know how they did it….

look at 3.51 in this youtube clip, we see over Lois’s shoulder Superman saying goodnight and flying away. Then in the same shot, NO cuts she walks over to the apartment door and lets Clark Ken in… same shot.  How they did it?

Had a Superman double in the shot? No, thats clearly Christopher Reeve as Superman in the same scene as Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent.  Did they have Reeve get pulled by wires offscreen and he quickly changed out of his Superman suit and into Clark Kent clothes?  Possibly but highly unlikely…. Superman could move that fast, Christopher Reeve couldn’t.    A hidden jump cut? I’ve rewatched it studied that shot and theres no cut.  Today they could hide a cut with a digital morph, you couldn’t do that in 1978.


No, look at 3.51 again. Margot Kidder is standing  in front of a PROJECTION of (earlier shot footage of) Christopher Reeve flying away then she walks away from the rear projection scene onto a practical set and then Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent walks in. All done IN CAMERA.