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DescriptionSuperman (Columbia, 1948). One Sheet (28" X 42") Comic Book Style.
Rarely seen, this highly desirable one sheet pays homage to the Man of Steel's comic book beginnings, evoking a sense of nostalgia with its classic cartoon style. It's the only poster for Columbia's live action serial that features Superman's original design, with the rest of the advertisements showing painted artwork with photograph insets instead. The Kryptonian superhero had already gotten a massive popularity boost just a few years beforehand with Fleischer Studios' acclaimed animated Superman cartoon, raising the interest in a potential live production. Republic Pictures twice had tried to attain the rights to make a live action serial in 1940 and 1947, but negotiations fell through and they optioned Superman competitor Captain Marvel instead. Kirk Alyn dons the crimson cape for the first time in this Columbia series, while Noel Neill costars as the lovely Metropolis reporter Lois Lane, a role she would go on to play in the future TV series. Certainly one of Supes' most collectible posters in the hobby, this brilliant one sheet has had touchup applied to the folds and to a few spots in the white background. The professional restoration is well done, making this already fantastic poster look even better. Very Fine+ on Linen.
Estimate: $8,000 - $16,000.
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