Christopher Reeve as "Clark Kent" in
SUPERMAN (1978)


I received a lot of great comments on my
Christopher Reeve Superman figure, so I
decided to mold a copy of the head and
modify it into a Clark Kent version.  His hair
being parted on the other side (and without
the signature "S" curl) is pretty much the
only difference in the sculpt, but once you
add a fedora and oversized glasses, the
effect is pretty much complete.

And with the abundance of highly-detailed
one-sixth scale men's suits on the market
nowadays, it was no problem putting the
figure together.

The suit came in a
boxed set, complete
with socks and dress
shoes.  I thought the
tailoring on it was
especially nice, as it
was even reminiscent
of the style and cut
popular in the late
1970s.

The trench coat is
made by Azone, as is
the briefcase ( which
should be brown, I
think).  The hat is
modified from one of
Mattel's Frank Sinatra
figures, and I'm not
sure where
the glasses
are from.  
I put lenses
in them.
It probably wasn't necessary, but I
decided to put the Superman suit
on underneath and have him
posed in the "S-logo-revealed"
stance to really emphasize one of
the favorite moments from the film.  
A considerable amount of time
goes by setting up the story, and it
wasn't until Lois Lane gets into her
precarious situation with the
helicopter that we finally get to see
Superman do his thing!  The move
was so memorable I think Sam
Raimi borrowed it for Peter Parker's
transformation into Spiderman...
I also like how Richard
Donner added a nice
comedic element in
Clark Kent's attempt to
find a suitable phone
booth to change in.  Of
course, he comes
across one of the new
modern, "half" booths,
which he quickly rules
out.

Doing one of my
occasional "one sixth
scale" searches on
eBay, I came across this
payphone fridge
magnet and knew right
then I just had to build
out the rest of the
phone booth from the
film...
Something I realized looking at the
photos from my first Superman, was
that he looked great from certain
angles, but from others, his
cheekbones looked to prominent
and his eyes (especially his right)
looked a little sunken).  I went back
and reworked the sculpt, creating a
new figure and mold to improve the
accuracy of the likeness.  

I took some new pictures of the
figure and present them here.  I
think the sculpt is a better sculpt,
smoother overall, and looks better
and more accurate from all angles
now.

But as I look back on any of my
earlier work, I can always find flaws
and areas to improve.  I'm thinking
about tweaking some of my Bruce
Lees next, perhaps...