Senior ‘Superman’ Citizen


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TALLAHASSEE, FL – The first superhero to start it all, Superman, had his 75th birthday in April. In his hometown of Cleveland, the “Man of Steel” gets a lighting ceremony at City Hall and an official proclamation of Superman Day.

Appearing in the first Action Comics No. 1, the issue released on April 18, 1938.

In Ohio, Plain Dealer Comic Book Critic, Michael Sangiacomo is a huge Superman fan. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading comic books,” said Sangiacomo. “Superman is my favorite. He was the first.”

Sangiacomo owns at around 50,000 comic books at his home.

America’s favorite hero is strong enough to move planets, faster than a speeding bullet, capable of super-freeze breath and laser-heat vision. In one comic book, he was said to have hurled a mountain with one hand.

“The Man of Steel became a Depression-era bootstrap strategy for the Siegel/Shuster team,” according to Case Western Reserve University professor Brad Ricca.

Over the years Superman has been recreated. Starting out in 1938, he didn’t get revamped until 1986, by John Byrne. The latest version of Superman died in 1992, but was revived in 2011 when DC Comics reset its “superhero” clock.

In an article written in The New York Times, George Gene Gustines, talks about the revised “Man of Steel.”

Gustines noted that the later version of Superman had taken an interest to Lois Lane, but hooked up with Wonder Woman. The pairing was made public in 2012 and Wonder Woman makes her own public statement in Issue No. 19, which will be released later this week.

“Government sanctions may prevent others from coming in here, but not us,” said Wonder Woman. “Nothing can stop us.”

Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster also grew up in Cleveland Ohio. They both have been recognized and inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1993.

By Brandon Brown

With contributions by The New York Times, DC Comics

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Kid Cudi Joining ‘Need For Speed’ Movie

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Hip hop artist Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, is co-starring with Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul in the upcoming Dreamworks Need For Speed Film.

The racing action flick is based on the popular EA video game and will focus on fast 1970’s style cars.

Need For Speed is written by John George Gatins and is directed by Scott Waugh. The release date is set for Feb. 7, 2014.

In the movie, Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a central character playing a street racer who joins a race from New York to Los Angeles for revenge after the death of a friend.

Cudi will play one of Paul’s racing crew members.

The singer-songwriter is set to make his movie debut later this year in Two Night Stand, an independent romantic comedy. 



‘Star Wars’ Creator Is Engaged

Love must be in the air! Creator of “Star Wars” George Lucas, gets engaged.

Lucas, 68, is engaged to longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson, 43. The two have been dating since 2006.

Hobson is an investment firm president and serves as chairman of DreamWorks Animation.

It is said to be her first marriage and Lucas’ second.

The original “Star Wars” stands firm as the No. 2 film in terms of tickets sold domestically.

May congratulations be in order and the force be with them both.


‘Django’ Beats ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Les Misérables’ At Box Office

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“The Hobbit,” “Django Unchained” and “Les Misérables” battled for the top spot at the box office.

Django Unchained makes No. 1 at the box office.

Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz grossed $4.6 million, earning $30.7 million opening weekend. Django is distributed by the Weinstein Co.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, distributed by New Line and MGM, grossed $4.4 million, taking in $32.9 million opening weekend.

Les Misérables,” took in $3.6 million.

The movie takes place in the South during the mid 19th century.

Director Spike Lee said Tarantino was “disrespectful” to black people and called for a boycott of Django, however, it didn’t affect the African-American audience.

According to exit polling data, on Christmas Day, 42 percent of Django’s initial audience was black.

Django was helped by an unexpectedly robust turnout by women, who made up 46% of the audience, said Erik Lomis, Weinstein’s president of theatrical distribution.