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Fifty fans will get a chance to relive a bit of superhero-movie history at Niagara Falls.
Superman II star Margot Kidder will return to Ontario in June for Niagara Falls Comic Con, where she’ll pose with fans in a special photo op near the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the setting of one of the 1980 film’s more memorable scenes. Presumably this time she won’t take a leap into the Niagara River.
Gather ‘round, kiddos, because we begin with another tale of Gen-X adolescence!
From 1977 through 1986, I grew from a snot-nosed third-grade punk into a snot-nosed (I had allergies) high-school senior, accompanied along the way by at least one big-budget sci-fi/fantasy movie milestone.* Specifically, right in the middle of the run were three sequels by which every self-respecting fan swears: The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Superman II (released in the United States in 1981) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Each built on its predecessor using darker elements and/or more “mature” themes, because each had the sequel’s luxury of an established setting.
For Young Tom, though, the cumulative effect of these three movies was mind-expanding, if not mind-blowing. I’m not talking about Empire’s Big Reveal (echoed coincidentally in Khan) or the unsettling sight of a powerless Clark Kent. Instead, each catapulted the fevered suppositions of a junior-high imagination to higher levels of awareness. I went into the theater each time wondering will this be as good? and came out giddy at how much better each one was.
So what’s this have to do with comics? Read on …
If you’re a Superman fanatic with an extra $15,000 or so lying around, do I have an eBay auction for you: Someone is selling Terence Stamp’s General Zod costume from Superman II.
The wig creeps me out for some reason, but not nearly as much as this line from the auction description: “Now you can kneel to Zod anytime you want! Or perhaps Zod could kneel to you naked to get his famous uniform and wig back??!”