by Neil Cole
Actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters will be a featured guest at the upcoming 39th Annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL.
Marsters starred in the role of Professor Milton Fine/Brainiac on several episodes of the hit CW series "Smallville" and also voiced the role of Lex Luthor in the 2007 animated film, "Superman: Doomsday".
He is also well known for his role as the vampire Spike on the critically acclaimed WB/UPN tv series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the equally popular spin-off, "Angel".
Marsters will be appearing at the annual festival alongside such previously announced celebrity guests as Erica Durance (Lois Lane - "Smallville"), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane - "Superman: The Movie"), and Sarah Douglas (Ursa - "Superman: II").
The 39th Annual Superman Celebration will be dedicated to the memory of Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane in the "Adventures of Superman" television series. Neill was a repeat guest to the Superman Celebration for many years and was even given the title “First Lady of Metropolis” when a statue of her portraying Lois Lane was revealed in her honor. Neill passed away in July of 2016.
The Superman Celebration kicks off at 5PM on Thursday, June 8th and runs through 2pm on Sunday, June 11th. Many special events are planned for this year's Celebration including musical entertainment, a carnival, Superman Celebrity Autograph and Q & A Sessions, and the Heroes & Villains Costume Contest. Also, planned for this year, is the return of the Hollywood Ball, in memory of Noel Neill.