Since Superman: The Movie was released in December of 1978, the following year saw the realization of numerous merchandise and licensing. One of which was the unveiling of a Superman: The Movie exhibit at Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park California. When you walked into the room you were greeted with John Williams’ grand Superman theme and a likeness of Christopher Reeve in an authentic screen-used Superman costume. The statue stood against a loose facsimile of the Fortress of Solitude set. This is a postcard from Movieland Wax Museum that features the wax statue.
I was fortunate enough to visit the museum during the summer of 1979 and was thrilled to see this with my own eyes. I returned many years later to discover that the main costume was replaced with a replica and the ’S’ symbol was missing one of its yellow negative spaces… a clear sign that it was not an original. I learned later that the museum closed in 2005 and the statue was sold at auction. Still, I have very fond memories of seeing it for the first time and I hope that it went to a good home.