Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Black and White Wednesday: Who Won..."The Great Superman Movie Contest"? by Mike Gold

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Remember way back in the Summer of 1977 when DC ran the following blurb on all of their covers...

...and this contest form in every mag?

Remember contest pieces like these adorning DC's letter's pages during that fateful summer?

All you had to do was collect enough letters to spell S-U-P-E-R-M-A-N and either C-L-A-R-K or K-A-L-E-L and you could be in Superman: the Movie!

Ever wonder what happened to the two Grand Prize winners? Well, The Amazing World of DC Comics (issue #16, dated December 1977) gave us the lowdown courtesy writer Mike Gold. Read all about it!!

Couldn't resist throwing in this pic of our Superman, Christopher Reeve!


  1. Did those two kids actually make it into the movie? Were they just "kids in the crowd" without any lines?

  2. I had a line - when we ran past Clark Kent as the 'water boy/team manager' of the football team (he was wearing a red shirt), I dropped my helmet with my right hand, spun around and said "See you later, Clark!" and ran off with the rest of the football team. If you crank the audio way up you can hear it. You can tell the two of us who won because we go by together in gray football sweats, while the rest of the team (a real high school football team) are in maroon with numbers (one other guy is in gray, but he goes by alone. his stuff was in the wash?). - Ed Finneran.

    1. I'm gonna have to pull out my DVD and watch you again, Ed! What a great experience that must have been! Congratulations (nearly 40 years late, but hey, it's the first chance I've had to say it to you, lol) and thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memories with us!

    2. Hi Ed Finneran. I'd love to interview you for a comicbook article I'm working on if you have time....I see that this message is two years old but hoping you can still receive this request. I can be reached at

    3. Hi Ed! I am working on a Superman coffee table book. Richard Donner has already written the Foreword. I'd love to send you some unreleased photos of you and Tim. My email is Thanks! Jim Bowers, Editor,



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