46th Superman Celebration 2024 | Metropolis, IL

More than a Convention | Better than a Festival | It's a Celebration!

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:calendar: Dates: Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9

:world_map: Location: Metropolis, Illinois
The very southernmost tip of Illinois.

Things to See
  • The Superman Statue
    While Superman has been a part of the City of Metropolis since 1972, the Superman Statue itself has been standing over Market Street since June 1993. 15 feet tall and 4,000 pounds of bronze muscle, the statue stands on a monument base and walkway of over 1,200 personalized red bricks.
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  • The Super Museum
    Adjacent to the Superman Statue you will find the home to one of the largest Superman collections in the world! The Super Museum contains artifacts from various Superman movies and television shows, including actual Superman costumes, props and publicity photos. A larger than life Doomsday is a sight to behold for any Superman Fan, as is the collection of Superman toys that are sure to take you back to your childhood.

  • Noel Neill as Lois Lane Statue
    2 blocks from the Superman Statue, at the corner of Market St. & 8th St. is a statue of his leading lady, Lois Lane. The late Noel Neill, portrayed Lois Lane in the “Adventures of Superman” and is forever memorialized in this tribute to her. Noel was a strong supporter of Metropolis and was on hand to reveal her likeness in June of 2010. The 6 foot bronze statue honors “The First Lady of Metropolis.” You will also find the iconic “Metropolis Planet” Globe in front of this statue.

  • Super City Sign
    The “Super City Metropolis, Illinois” giant letter sign, sponsored by the Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau, not only serves as a symbol of town allure but also provides a fantastic photo opportunity with its large, vibrant letters. Tourists and locals alike can capture the spirit of Metropolis against this dynamic backdrop, creating lasting memories that highlight the town’s unique charm and collaborative community efforts in promoting tourism and civic pride.

  • Welcome to Metropolis Billboard
    The Massac County Chamber of Commerce extends a hearty welcome through the “Welcome to Metropolis, Illinois - Home of Superman” billboard, proudly featuring a soaring Superman. Sponsored by the chamber, this display symbolizes the collaborative effort to promote tourism and community pride. Against a backdrop of Fort Massac State Park, the flying Superman captures the town’s connection to the iconic superhero, inviting visitors to explore the unique blend of small-town charm and superhero allure that defines this picturesque locale. Be sure to stop and get your picture with this iconic welcome sign. Featured in several comic books.

  • Watertower
    The Metropolis, Illinois Superman Water Tower is a iconic landmark resembling the Man of Steel himself. Standing tall, the water tower features a vibrant depiction of Superman, complete with his recognizable red cape and symbol. This superhero-themed structure adds a touch of whimsy to your drive into town, celebrating the connection between Metropolis and the legendary comic book character.

  • Super Big Boy
    Take your photo with the one and only SUPER Big Boy Statue! A fun Superman themed photo op in front of Hidden Gems Novelty and Collectibles! You don’t want to miss this one! Painted by artist Morgan Siebert in 2020. Super Big boy is a fun spot for a Metropolis, IL photo op!

  • Murals!

    • Love from Metropolis
      Visit one of Metropolis Illinois’ designated photo op spots! Designed by artist Chad Lewis and painted by artists Tommy Reed and Craig Rhodes. Love from metropolis is a perfect photo op for loves and friends visiting our community!

    • Greetings from Metropolis
      The Greetings from Metropolis Illinois Mural is a 20X35 mural along Metropolis’ historic Market Street shopping district. Located 1 block away within walking distance of the World’s Largest Superman Statue and Super Museum. The Greetings from Metropolis Mural is a vibrant mural featured on the side of one of Metropolis Illinois’ best antique stores, Super City Antiques! Be sure to pop in and ask the fine folks at Super City to take your photo outside. Postcards for this beloved mural are located at both the Super Museum and Super City Antiques.

    • Action Comics #1
      The newest addition to the mural walk! This mural can be found on the wall of the Super Museum facing the Superman Statue.

  • Check out the other amazing things to visit nearby: https://www.metropolistourism.com/attractions

Celebration Details

Schedule
Thursday, June 6

:clock7: 7 PM

  • Super Bowl(ing)


    :clock7: 7 - 10 PM
    :round_pushpin: Metropolis SuperBowl; 1107 E. 8th St.
    :heavy_dollar_sign: $8 for two games and shoes
    4-6 people per team/lane, prizes!
    All are welcome! See old friends, meet new friends! It’s also a bar and grill! Dan and Jessica Ryano are selling stuff for Project Hope!

  • Superman 5K Fun Run/Walk


    :bookmark_tabs: Packet Pick-up
    :clock530: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
    :checkered_flag: Race Start
    :clock7: 7 PM
    :round_pushpin: Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel Parking Lot
    :heavy_dollar_sign: Early bird (postmarked by June 1) $20, Kids 10 and under $10
    Fee from June 2-6: $25, Kids $15
    Sign up online: Superman Fun Run / Walk T-Shirt sizes guaranteed for pre-registered runners. Course is generally flat. Benefits the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition


Friday, June 7

:clock8: 8:00 AM
Exclusive VIP Early Access Super Shopping
:round_pushpin: Metropolis Chamber of Commerce; 516 Market St.

:clock9: 9:00 AM
Rededication Ceremony of Superman Statue
:round_pushpin: Superman Statue

:clock930: 9:30 AM
Metropolis Planet Lois Lane Award
:round_pushpin: Superman Statue

:clock10: 10 AM
Artist Alley/Writers Way Open
10 AM - 6 PM

Meet Superman
10 AM - 11 AM
:round_pushpin: Superman Square; 501 Market St.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Metropolis’ very own Superman. This is your opportunity to get your picture taken with our favorite hero.

Sixty Seconds to be Super
10 AM - 11 AM
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock4: 11:30 AM
14th Annual Superman Super Site Meet & Greet


:clock1130: 11:30 - 12:30
:round_pushpin: Fat Edd’s Roadhouse 323 Ferry St.
Various door prizes being given away including comic book collectibles, publications, & many other donated items from local merchants as well as fun, food and a few surprises! SupermanSuperSite.com

7th Annual Metro Lotto


:clock1130: 11:30 - 12:30
:round_pushpin: Fat Edd’s Roadhouse 323 Ferry St.
:heavy_dollar_sign: $20 to enter, must be present to win, must be traveling from outside Metropolis to qualify.
More details can be found here: Redirecting...

Teen Titan Bingo for Kids
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

Draw Something Funny for Adults
:round_pushpin: CNB Metro Tent

“Greetings from Metropolis” Mural Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
:round_pushpin: 7th and Market St.

:clock1230: 12:30 PM
Honorary Citizen of Metropolis Swearing In Ceremony
:round_pushpin: Superman Statue

Superhero Training Academy
2 - 3 PM
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

Meet Superman at Photo Booth
2 - 3 PM
:round_pushpin: Metropolis Chamber

Superhero Game Show
3:30 - 4:30 PM
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

Kids Superhero Costume Contest
5 - 6:30 PM
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

3rd Annual Superfriends of Metropolis All-Ages Kickball Game!


:camera_flash: Group Photo:
:clock5: 5:00 PM
:round_pushpin: Superman Statue

Meet at the Superman Statue for a group photo.
:red_circle: Game:
:clock6: 6:00 PM
:round_pushpin: Metropolis Sports Park; 2004 Metropolis St.
It’s Metropolis vs. Gotham City in a kickball event for the ages….ALL ages, in fact. Please arrive by 5:45 to sign the waiver, choose a team, and be prepared for a 6:00 first pitch!
This is a NON-COMPETITIVE event. We want everyone (kids and adults) to have fun, get some exercise and fresh air, and make new friends.

:clock6: 6:00 PM
Stump the Superman Expert with Chris Brockow
:round_pushpin: CNB Metro Tent

Celebration After Dark


:clock6: 6 PM
:round_pushpin: Outside of Fat Edd’s Roadhouse & Elks Club 323 Ferry St.
Free admission. Nerdvana on stage at 7:30 PM
Mechanical bull, yard games, food & drinks to purchase.

:clock630: 6:30 PM
Draw Something Funny for Kids
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock7: 7:00 PM
Exclusive VIP Party for MSC VIP Sponsors Only
:round_pushpin: Metropolis Chamber

:clock8: 8:00 PM
“Superman the Movie” showing, hosted by the Super Museum
:round_pushpin: CNB Metro Tent


Saturday, June 8

:clock8: 8:00 AM

:clock9: 9:00 AM

  • Exclusive VIP Early Access Super Shopping
    :round_pushpin: Metro Chamber

:clock10: 10:00 AM

  • Meet Superman
    :round_pushpin: Superman Statue

  • Super Silly Games
    :round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock11: 11:00 AM

  • Super Space Engineering with Nicholas Mastramico
    :round_pushpin: CNB Metro Tent

:clock12: 12:00 PM

  • Teen Titan Bingo for Kids
    :round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

  • Honorary Citizen of Metropolis Swearing in Ceremony
    :round_pushpin: Superman Statue

  • Meet Superman at the Phone Booth
    :round_pushpin: Metro Chamber

:clock230: 2:30 PM
*Archery with Green Arrow & Wonder Woman
:round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock4: 4:00 PM

  • Beautiful Baby Contest with Zeta Zeta
    :round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock530: 5:30 PM

  • Supergirl/Superboy Pagent with Zeta Zeta
    :round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock6: 6:00 PM

  • Super Trivia with the Rinaldis
    :round_pushpin: CNB Metro Tent

:clock7: 7:00 PM

  • Superdog Contest
    :round_pushpin: Beagle’s Bay Smallville Tent

:clock9: 9:00 PM


Sunday, June 9

:clock10: 10:00 AM

  • Metropolis Rotary Club’s 35th Annual Super Car Show
    :round_pushpin: Fort Massac State Park

:clock11: 11:00 AM

  • Meet Superman
    :round_pushpin: Superman Statue

  • Heroes and Villains Costume Contest!


    :clock2: PM
    :round_pushpin: City National Bank Metro Tent
    :heavy_dollar_sign: $20 Entry fee
    Ages 15 and up. Best Hero, Villain, Duo/Group, Superman/Clark Kent
    Top winner in each category will win $250
    $1,000 “Best of Metropolis” Grand Prize!


Fundraisers

Thursday, June 6
Superman 5K Fun Run/Walk


:bookmark_tabs: Packet Pick-up
:clock530: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
:checkered_flag: Race Start
:clock7: 7 PM
:round_pushpin: Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel Parking Lot
:heavy_dollar_sign: Early bird (postmarked by June 1) $20, Kids 10 and under $10
Fee from June 2-6: $25, Kids $15
Sign up online: Superman Fun Run / Walk T-Shirt sizes guaranteed for pre-registered runners. Course is generally flat. Benefits the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition

:clock7: 7 PM
Super Bowl(ing)


:clock7: 7 - 10 PM
:round_pushpin: Metropolis SuperBowl; 1107 E. 8th St.
:heavy_dollar_sign: $8 for two games and shoes
4-6 people per team/lane, prizes!
All are welcome! See old friends, meet new friends! It’s also a bar and grill! Dan and Jessica Ryano are selling stuff for Project Hope!

Friday, June 7

Saturday, June 8


Sponsorship/VIP Information

MSC VIP Individual Sponsor – $150
This sponsorship is for individuals only with a limited number available.

  • 1 Ticket for admission into one Autograph Session for Featured Celebrities, additional fees for autographs, photos and selfies
  • 1 Exclusive VIP Sponsor T-shirt
  • 1 Exclusive VIP Early Access shopping inside Metro Chamber Friday – Sunday 9 – 10 am
  • 1 VIP Party
  • 1 VIP MSC Lanyard
  • 1 Fast Pass to each Non-Ticketed Autograph Location
  • 1 VIP Collectors Box to hold all your Super Sponsor Goodies
  • Discount Coupon for Super Merchandise at Metro Chamber
  • Special inserts and Promotions from local businesses
  • One Chance to win Basket filled with Local Gift Cards and Super Swag
  • Sponsorship is non-refundable

Up, Up & Away Sponsor – $250

  • All MSC VIP Individual Sponsor Items plus:
  • Call out 1X daily during all 3 days of MSC
  • Sponsor sign displayed in the Celebration area
  • Name listed on supermancelebration.net
  • Sponsorship is non-refundable

America’s Hero Sponsor – $500

  • 2 Tickets for admission into One Autograph Session for Featured Celebrities, additional fees for autographs, photos and selfies
  • 2 Exclusive MSC Sponsor T-shirt
  • 2 VIP Party Passes
  • 2 VIP MSC Lanyard
  • Exclusive VIP Early Access Shopping inside Metro Chamber all 3 days (Fri – Sun/9 – 10 a.m.)
  • Call outs throughout the 3 days of MSC
  • Social Media Mentions 2x leading up to the event on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook
  • Sponsor Signage around the Celebration area
  • Name listed on supermancelebration.net
  • Sponsorship is non-refundable

Check the website for more options: Sponsorships – June 7 – 9, 2024


Celebrity Guests

Details on how to meet Celebrity Guests and Autograph Session Details here: Celebrity Autograph Information – June 7 – 9, 2024
Sponsorship information here: Sponsorships – June 7 – 9, 2024

Autographs – $60.00
Selfies – $40.00
Photos (include autograph) – $60.00

In 2005 Brandon Routh soared into the media limelight when cast as “the Man of Steel” in director Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated revival of the original superhero film franchise “Superman Returns.” He currently stars on the CW as “Ray Palmer/The Atom” in the DC Comics super-team series “Legends of Tomorrow.” In 2015, he starred opposite fellow LEGENDS OF TOMORROW cast member, Caity Lotz, in the sci-fi thriller “400 Days.”

In 2013, Routh voiced David “Hesh” Walker in the video game “Call of Duty: Ghosts” and starred in the CBS comedy series “Partners,” from the creators of “Will & Grace.” Also in 2012, Brandon starred in “Crooked Arrows,” as the coach of a Native American lacrosse team playing in a prep school league tournament.

In 2010, Routh was seen in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” a Universal film opposite Michael Cera and directed by Edgar Wright. He recurred on NBC’s “Chuck,” and was seen in “Unthinkable,” opposite starring Samuel L. Jackson. He graced the big screen in Kevin Smith’s film, “Zach and Miri Make a Porno” with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, as well as “Life is Hot in Cracktown,” based on the novel by Buddy Giovinazzo, and the romantic comedy “Table for Three,” opposite Jennifer Morrison and Sophia Bush.

In 2008 Brandon also starred with his wife Courtney Ford in the 2008 indie feature “Fling,” about a couple in an open relationship stretched to the breaking point when each finds themselves falling in love with other people.

Routh was born in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in nearby Norwalk (about 100 miles south of Woolstock, the hometown of TV’s original “Superman,” George Reeves).

Autographs – $60.00
Selfies – $60.00
Photos (includes autograph) – $60.00

Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch is an American actress. She is known for her role as Juliette Silverton/Eve in the NBC television series Grimm.

Tulloch was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Spain, Uruguay, and Argentina. “Bitsie” is not a contraction of Tulloch’s given name, Elizabeth, but an homage to her oddly-nicknamed grandfather, a World War II bomber pilot. Her ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, and one quarter Spanish/Mexican. Tulloch has stated her first language was Spanish although she no longer considers herself completely fluent anymore. Annually, her mother’s family meets in Southern California for Day of the Dead. Her paternal grandmother’s family is from Renfrewshire and her grandfather’s family originated from the area around Kirkwall. In an interview with BBC News, she reported that “we think the first Tulloch came to the US around 1880 and the Kerrs came in the early 1900s. After returning to the U.S., she went to middle and high school in Bedford, New York. Tulloch graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a double major in English and American Literature and Visual and Environmental Studies.

Tulloch’s first acting credit was as R2-D2’s “girlfriend” in R2-D2: Beneath the Dome, a mockumentary produced by George Lucas telling the life story of the fictional robot R2-D2 from the Star Wars film series. She starred as “Sally” in the premiere of Sam Forman’s play, Quarterlife, which opened at the Pico Playhouse in March 2006. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Superbly performed…the scene at the end of the play, between Sally (Bitsie Tulloch) and Jack (Clark Freeman), was heartbreaking and beautiful… The lead actress, Bitsie Tulloch, [was] absolutely brilliant.”

Her first film role was in Lakeview Terrace directed by Neil LaBute, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Patrick Wilson, and worked with Barbara Hershey on a film called Uncross the Stars. In the fall of 2009 she filmed the romantic comedy Losing Control. Tulloch voiced one of the characters, a wolf called Sweets, in Alpha and Omega, a 3-D computer animated film, which was released in September 2010.

Tulloch played the small role of Norma, an actress in the 1920s starring in a silent movie with a veteran actor, in the award-winning movie The Artist with Jean Dujardin, John Goodman and James Cromwell, which was released by The Weinstein Company in November 2011, and won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture. She was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

In 2012 she starred as one of the titular roles in independent film Caroline and Jackie opposite Marguerite Moreau, which she also co-produced. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2012, and was released theatrically in May 2013.

Tulloch played Marilyn Sitzman, a witness to the Kennedy assassination, in the star-studded 2013 film Parkland, opposite Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Jackie Earle Haley, and Zac Efron. The film was produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone, and was released in 2013, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Tulloch has appeared on television shows House, Cold Case, The West Wing, Moonlight, and Outlaw. In 2007 she filmed a role as a Dharma initiative scientist for the ABC series Lost, but her role was re-cast due to scheduling conflicts with quarter-life.

Tulloch played the lead role in Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s drama quarter-life, which premiered on NBC in early 2008. While the series was quickly pulled and moved to Bravo, Tulloch was hailed for her performance. The Los Angeles Times wrote: “She’s the best realized of the bunch… Tulloch, who plays her, seems destined to be better known.” She was often compared to the ‘next’ Claire Danes: “Will this be the first online show to create a real star? It looks likely: The gorgeous 26-year-old Tulloch clearly possesses Danes-like smarts and magnetism.”

In 2009, Tulloch shot one of the 3 leads in HBO’s buzzed-about comedy pilot Washingtonienne based on the book by Jessica Cutler. The pilot was produced by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker. In early 2010 she filmed Most Likely to Succeed, a 1/2 hour comedy pilot for Imagine Entertainment through the FOX network, and a recurring role on NBC’s Outlaw.

She was a series regular on the NBC series Grimm (2011-2017), a fantasy police procedural drama set in a world where characters inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales exist. Tulloch’s heritage and fluency with the Spanish language were written into the role.

In September 2018, Tulloch was confirmed to play Lois Lane in The CW crossover event “Elseworlds” in the series Supergirl and The Flash. The executive producers described the character as “dogged, determined and brave.” Tulloch reprised her role as Lois Lane in the television series Superman & Lois in 2021.

In December 2014, Tulloch confirmed she was in a relationship with her Grimm co-star David Giuntoli. In July 2016, she and Giuntoli revealed they became engaged in April 2016. They married in June 2017, and confirmed their pregnancy with their first child in October 2018. During her time living and working in Portland (where her drama Grimm was filmed), Tulloch became a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and was often seen attending games with her co-stars.

Tulloch and Giuntoli maintained two residences, including a 1920s remodeled Dutch colonial in Portland, Oregon and a 1920s Spanish house in Hollywood Hills. Their first child, a daughter named Vivian, was born in February 2019. The family moved to the state of Washington at the beginning of 2020.

In early 2012, Tulloch was nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, commonly called the Critics’ Choice Awards, for Best Ensemble Cast for The Artist.

Tulloch was nominated for a 28th Annual LA Weekly Theater Award for her performance in Sam Forman’s play, Quarterlife (March 2007). Quarterlife was an experimental sequence of 20+ episodes which were originally intended to be released only on the internet, but its success led it to being picked up by NBC


Special Guests
  • Kristin Kreuk


    Meet Smallville’s “Lana Lang” in Metropolis!
    Kristin Kreuk will be joining the Celebration this Year with two days to meet fans!

  • Mark Pillow


    Autographs – $30.00
    Selfies – $20.00
    Photos (include autograph) – $30.00
    Combo – $40.00
    Mark Pillow is known for playing Nuclear Man in Superman IV, the last villain to be defeated by Superman in the Christopher Reeve Film Legacy. He went on to act in the film Wiseguy, and Alaska Kid. Mark is a fine wine representative where he is privileged to be associated with some of the finest and most prestigious wines in the world.

  • Beverly Washburn


    We are thrilled to announce that Beverly Washburn, the legendary actress known for her roles in classic films and TV shows, will be making a special appearance at Hidden Gems Novelty and Collectibles. She will be our SUPER MUSEUM special guest this year June 7th - 9th 2024 while the Superman Celebration is going on.
    Join us for an unforgettable opportunity to meet Beverly, get autographs, take photos, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from her incredible career. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this chance to meet a true Hollywood icon!
    Some of Beverly Washburn’s notable roles include:

  • Little Girl in Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
  • Jill Bartlett in “Leave it to Beaver” (1959)
  • Lila Kilgore in “The Lone Ranger” (1956)
  • Lisbeth Searcy in “Old Yeller” (1957)
  • Susie in “Shane” (1953)
  • Elizabeth in “Spider Baby” (1967)
  • Lieutenant Arlene Galway “Star Trek” (1967)
  • Minor roles in numerous TV shows such as “Gidget,” and “The Streets of San Francisco.”
    Beverly Washburn will be inside of @hiddengemsnovelty signing autographs and doing photo ops with fans!
  • Todd Aaron Smith


    Returning to Metropolis, Hall of Fame Artist Todd Aaron Smith!
    Appearing Fri, Sat & Sun at MSC!

  • Gil Adler


    Autographs – $40.00
    Selfies – $30.00
    Photos (include autograph) – $40.00
    Gil Adler is a Producer of Superman Returns, Valkyre, Ghost Ship, Starsky & Hutch(film), Thir13en Ghosts, Tales from the Crypt, House on Haunted Hill, Constantine, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.

  • Zach Howard


    Zach Howard is a freelance professional illustrator of 24 years. His most notable employers include Marvel, DC, Image, Nickelodeon, IDW, Boom, Simon & Schuster, and Steve Jackson Games. Zach’s most popular projects are Hellboy: The Return of Effie Kolb , Wild Blue Yonder, Shaun of the Dead, TMNT, Spiderman, Hulk, Wolverines, GI Joe, The Cape , and Detective Comics . He has been nominated for an Eisner and multiple Indie awards, along with receiving an Amazon Book of the Month selection for Wild Blue Yonder . In addition to his professional work, Zach is passionate about supporting young artists and has dedicated much of his time to helping nurture the next generation of creators.”
    IG: @spacefriend_z
    FB: Zach Howard
    Deviant Art: Spacefriend-KRUNK - Professional, Artist | DeviantArt

  • Mark Spears


    Mark Spears is an award-winning artist who is currently creating covers for Action Comics, World’s Finest, Green Lantern War Journal, Kneel Before Zod, Power Rangers, Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn, King Spawn, Scorched, Deadly Tales of the Gunslinger, Rat City and Sam and Twitch. His artwork made an appearance in the 2022 “Spirit Halloween” movie while also doing the artwork for the movie’s poster. His work has been featured on multiple trading card series from Marvel and DC Comics and his concept art was used to design a line of Marvel and DC statues and figurines. He is the creator of Mark Spears Monsters and has released three trading card series under this brand. Mark won the Rondo Hatton Horror Awards “Artist of the Year” in 2020 for was runner up the following year. His artwork was also nominated three years in a row for “Best Magazine Cover”. Mark was picked by MeTV to be a Svengoolie Featured Artist for the month of July 2023 and was the Artist Spotlight Artist for Todd McFarlane in March 2023, appearing on all 4 Spawn title covers in one month.

  • Karl Kesel


    Karl Kesel is a comics writer and inker whose works have primarily been under contract for DC Comics. He is a member of Periscope Studio and is best known for his collaborations with fellow artist Tom Grummett on The Adventures of Superman, Superboy, and Section Zero, as well as the first Harley Quinn comic title.
    Kesel’s first work for DC Comics appeared in New Talent Showcase #4 (April 1984). He soon became the inker on Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Kesel worked on the lighthearted ‘Mazing Man series, as well as providing inks over the pencils of George Pérez on History of the DC Universe and John Byrne on Legends and Superman vol. 2. With Barbara Kesel, he co-wrote a Hawk and Dove miniseries in 1988 which was drawn by Rob Liefeld. Kesel and artist Tom Grummett are the creators of the modern Superboy character, Kon-El, who debuted in the “Reign of the Supermen” story arc, starting from The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993). An ongoing Superboy series was launched by Kesel and Grummett in February 1994. In 1996, Kesel and artist Stuart Immonen produced The Final Night limited series. Kesel was one of the many creators who contributed to the Superman: The Wedding Album. Kesel wrote the Batman and Superman: World’s Finest ten-issue limited series (April 1999–Jan. 2000) which explored the Post-Crisis history of the two with each of the ten issues taking place one year after the other. He and artist Terry Dodson launched a Harley Quinn ongoing series in December 2000.
    Kesel’s first work for Marvel Comics was inking a Vision story in Avengers Spotlight #23 (Oct. 1989). He inked Mark Bagley’s cover art for the Japan-exclusive Super Famicom video game The Amazing Spider-Man: Lethal Foes in 1995. Kesel wrote Daredevil issues #353–364 (June 1996 – May 1997) and in 2002 wrote the story “Remembrance of Things Past” in which it was revealed that Ben Grimm, the Thing of the Fantastic Four, is Jewish. Kesel wrote and drew a “lost” Captain America comic strip from the 1940s which was published on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. In 2011, he scripted a Hulk and the Human Torch story which had been plotted by Jack C. Harris and drawn by Steve Ditko in the 1980s. It was published by Marvel as Incredible Hulk and the Human Torch: From the Marvel Vault #1 (August 2011).
    Kesel worked with comic book illustrator Brandon McKinney on issues #6 and #13 of the comic series Aliens: Space Marines published by Dark Horse Comics, which accompanied alien figures in the first line of Alien figures released by Kenner in 1992. In 2000, Kesel and his former Superboy collaborator Tom Grummett created Section Zero as part of the Gorilla Comics, imprint at Image Comics.


Artists Alley/Writers Way

Travel info

Directions

Traveling on Interstate 24 you will take Exit 37 to Highway 45. This will take you directly into the city of Metropolis.

Airports
  • The closest regional airport is Barkley Regional Airport (PAH) in Paducah, KY. Metropolis is a short 15 minute drive from this airport.

  • The closest international airports are Nashville International Airport (BNA) Nashville, TN and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) St. Louis, MO. Both are an easy 2.5 hour drive to Metropolis.

Lodging

Check out the official Visit Metropolis website for more information: https://www.metropolistourism.com/lodging

In order by closest distance to the Superman Statue:

Official Superman Celebration Sites:

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I’ll keep updating this thread as new information is posted! :smiley:

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Omg it’s Daniel Shaw! I mean Atom! I mean Superman!

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I believe you mean it’s the guy who played Zachary Stone in the Hallmark Christmas movie, “The Nine Lives of Christmas”!

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I really meant Daniel Shaw, but I felt like I had to leave it on Superman for this thread lol

Also, I’ve never heard of that movie. I’ll have to check it out!

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It’s a typical syrupy sweet, Hallmark Holiday movie.

If you enjoy it, there was a sequel a few years later, staring the same actors, called “The Nine Kittens of Christmas”.

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Metropolis is only five hour away from me! Maybe I could actually make it this year.

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If you can swing it you should absolutely go! It’s a fantastic time!!

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Oh, bummer. I am planning to go on a vacation to EU then.

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That sounds like fun!

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Just updated with details on the 7th Annual Metro Lotto

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Also updated with the 14th Annual Superman Super Site Meet & Greet

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Also, also updated the SuperBowl deets!

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This looks like so much fun, I wish I could go!

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Put it on your bucket list! 2028 will be the 50th and my guess, a pretty big celebration. :slight_smile:

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Updated with the latest news!!!

Kristin Kreuk!

Todd Aaron Smith

36th Metropolis Kiwanis Superman Bicycle Ride

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:exploding_head: :exploding_head: :exploding_head:

We’re going to have Kristin, Bitsie, and Brandon! :face_with_spiral_eyes:

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I definitely have to go if there is a Hallmark movie actor there.

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:rofl:

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Updated with the latest Special Guest announcement!

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