by Neil Cole
The America Beautiful Network has announced the Super Museum in Metropolis, Illinois as one of Illinois' top 10 attractions.
The museum features a collection of superman memorabilia, including the original costume worn by George Reeves, the first superman in the '50s. Also included are movie props, rare toys, comic books and a video presentation. The museum is stuffed with over 20,000 items relating to the 60+ year old Superman saga, from his first appearance in comic books to his latest indignity in "Lois and Clark" and other postmodern adaptations. The Super Museum is the life’s work of Jim Hambrick, who also owns the overstuffed Superman souvenir and collectibles store you must pass through to reach the museum entrance.
George Reeves’ original "flying pan" from 1951-53 is suspended from the ceiling - the torso-molded special effects device that allowed Superman to fly on TV. The pan was attached under his costume, then he was lifted by crane, and hurled by cityscape sets and landscapes.
There are many rare pieces from the Superman films, including the Kryptonian crystal that helped Christopher Reeve create the Fortress of Solitude. There are also sections devoted to the side players - Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White.
Other attractions joining the list are the Blues by Night Tour of Chicago, the Amish Country of Central Illinois, Raging Rivers Water Park, Six Flags Great America, Woodstock, Lake Shelbyville, Hurricane Harbor, Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Gateway International Raceway.