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JERRY SEINFELD'S OBSESSION WITH SUPERMAN
BEGAN WHEN HE WAS JUST A KID...
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Jerry grew up and got his own TV show, and he put a
reference to Superman in almost every episode.
In the series pilot, "The Seinfeld Chronicles" (pictured below),
Jerry
even wore a red and blue "uniform" just like Superman...
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Now, Dial B for BLOG presents the TOP TEN Superman references in "Seinfeld," listed in chronological order! There are numerous references to other super heroes in the show; this list is limited to the most prominent Superman references only. SEINFELD stars Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, and Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld. Up, up and away!
(1) SEINFELD EPISODE 5, SEASON ONE: "THE STOCK TIP"
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Super Seinfeld(1) THE SUPER SENSE OF HUMOR

Jerry and George have a discussion about Superman's sense of humor. Using the ketchup and mustard containers, George explains to Jerry that even if Superman came all the way to the yellow sun of earth from the red sun of Krypton, he still isn't funny.

Jerry insists that Superman MUST have a super sense of humor, because all of his other senses are super. "How could that one area be unaffected?" he asks. "I don't know," George deadpans, "But he ain't funny."

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Superman is definitely no Jay Leno. He does have a sense of humor though, and every decade or so, he actually makes a joke. Pictured right: World's Finest #86, Supes gives Robin some secret help lifting weights!

(2) SEINFELD EPISODE 48, SEASON FOUR: "THE CHEEVER LETTERS"
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Super Seinfeld(2) THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

George is dating a woman named Susan, and during a dinner with Susan and her parents, Susan's father tells George that his cabin in the woods is "like a sanctuary" to him. George comments, "Kinda like Superman's Fortress of Solitude! Superman built a Fortress of Solitude up at the North Pole, to sort of get away from it all."

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The Fortress of Solitude was preceded by Superman's "Secret Citadel", which first appeared in Superman #17 within a mountain near Metropolis. The official Fortress of Solitude made its formal debut in "The Super-Key to Fort Superman" (Action #241, June 1958). Pictured right: Supergirl and Comet the Super Horse kick Superman out of his own HQ in "The Forbidden Fortress of Solitude" (Action #336).

(3) SEINFELD EPISODE 56, SEASON FOUR: "THE SHOES"
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super_magnet.jpg(3) THE SUPERMAN FRIDGE MAGNET

Debuting this episode: the famous Superman refrigerator magnet, featuring a drawing by Jose Garcia Lopez. This attractive Man of Steel was originally part of the little-seen "Super Heroes Fridge Magnets" set, featuring two Superman figures and two logos (pictured right).

The drawing on the magnet originates in the pages of the DC Comics Style Guide (pictured below left), a giant loose-leaf binder containing hundreds of pages of images of DC heroes, all drawn by super_magnet.jpgJose Garcia-Lopez, and created for use in DC merchandising... such as magnets!

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They could have picked any old Superman image and faked it, but instead they dug up a little-known set of actual magnets and went with a classic yet modern pose by Jose Garcia-Lopez. It's a rare occasion when anything on television gets comic books this right.


(4) SEINFELD EPISODE 56, SEASON FOUR: "THE STALL"
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Super Seinfeld(4) THE REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN COMICS

Jerry and George
develops a man-crush on Elaine's new boyfriend, Tony (Dan Cortese). George and Tony go rock-climbing with Kramer, and Tony's face is injured in a fall caused by George. Tony is recuperating in Elaine's apartment when George brings him some Superman comics as a peace offering.

The comic George is seen handing Elaine (above left) is Action #687 (June1993), and the comic on Tony's lap (above right) is The Adventures of Superman #503 August 1993.

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The Action comic was obviously chosen for its prominent cover-display of the famous "S" shield -- but what was the reason for the selection Super Seinfeldof the "Adventures" cover? It's a very subtle in-joke only a comic fan could hope to appreciate. Let me explain: In a storyline called "Reign of the Superman," Superman actually "died" and was temporarily replaced by four substitutes.

One of the replacements was a half-human, half-robot creature called the "Cyborg Superman." This creature had a patchwork face that is amusingly similar to Tony's injured, bandaged face (see comparison left). Do you get the joke NOW, reader?

(5) SEINFELD EPISODE 81, SEASON FIVE: "THE WIFE"
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Super Seinfeld(5) THE SUPERMAN STATUE

The famous Super-statue debuts in this episode, where Jerry pretends he's married to Friend's Courtney Cox (pictured above right). The statue stuck around for several seasons, making for a highly-visible Superman presence in each of its many episodes.

The statue, a cold-cast, porcelain beauty sculpted by RANDY BOWEN based on art by DAN JURGENS, was produced by Graphitti Designs. Originally priced at $150.00, only 6,100 of these limited-edition masterpieces were cast! Click the image or HERE for a super-sized look at the statue and its box.

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Superhero statue sculptors don't come any better than Randy Bowen; throw Super-writer/artist Dan Jurgens into the mix and it's a guaranteed four-bagger. By the way, this statue is no longer available from the manufacturer, but occasionally one turns up for sale on eBay, usually for several hundred dollars.

(6) SEINFELD EPISODE 96, SEASON SIX: "THE RACE"
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Super Seinfeld(6) THE FLASH vs. SUPERMAN

Jerry and an old classmate have been arguing for years over a disputed race they had in High school. The race is re-run, with John Williams' Superman theme music played as a soundtrack. Jerry wears a sweat-shirt with a cape-ish hood, while his classmate, like The Flash, wears red.

After accidentally taking an early start, Jerry wins the race, gets congratulated by his current girlfriend (whose name just happens to be LOIS), then winks at the camera George Reeves-style.

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The entire plot for this episode may have been inspired by the cover of Flash #175, one of several Flash-Superman races. On this cover, Superman, like Jerry, finally gets someone to admit they are NOT faster than them!
(7) SEINFELD EPISODE 117, SEASON SEVEN: "THE SECRET CODE"
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Super Seinfeld(7) THE FATHER OF SUPERMAN

Crisis of the day: Who trusts who to know their cash machine PIN number code? George asks Jerry if he's ever revealed his, and Jerry tells him it's JOR-EL. Without missing a beat, George responds, "Superman's father on Krypton?" Jerry nods, "Of course!"

Surprisingly, Jerry Seinfeld's real-life father was of Hungarian Jew named Kálmán -- aka "Kal" -- and Jerry and wife Jessica Sklar have a daughter and two sons, one of whom they gave "Kal" as a middle name!

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Everyone knows Superman is Clark Kent; fewer people know his Kryptonian name is Kal-El; and
fewer still know his father's name is Jor-El. Count Seinfeld among the latter.


(8) SEINFELD EPISODE 117, SEASON SEVEN: "THE INVITATIONS"
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Super Seinfeld(8) THE GIRL OF STEEL

Jerry finds his perfect match -- she (Jeanine Garaffalo, pictured above with Jerry) even loves eating
cereal and reading comic books! During a musical montage romance sequence, we even see the couple reading comic books together.

She's reading Action Comics #686, and he's reading Superman Man of Steel #53, both current books when this episode originally aired.

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Once again, we see real, actual comic books that were current when the episode first aired, further reinforcing the idea that Jerry is always up to date with the wacky goings-on in the Superman family universe.
(9) SEINFELD EPISODE 137, SEASON EIGHT: "THE BIZARRO JERRY"
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Super Seinfeld(9) THE BIZARRO SUPERMAN STATUE

Elaine meets three guys with characteristics completely opposite those of Jerry, George and Kramer! Just as Jerry has a Superman statue in his apartment, Jerry's opposite has a "Bizarro" statue on a table by the door of his apartment (statue pictured above).

No such statue actually exists! This prop was created exclusively for this Seinfeld episode by repainting an "Ultimate Superman" vinyl figure, such as the one pictured right (photo and figure courtesy of Batman4235). Click on the pic or HERE for a side by side comparison of the two statues, and also a bigger look at a some of Batman4235's amazing superhero figure collection!


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This is the only "fake" Superman item used on the entire series, but it gets major "reality points" because the set dressers (no doubt at Jerry's insistence) went to the trouble of creating a miniature "Bizarro Superman #1" chest medallion, just like the one the real Bizarro wears!


(10) SEINFELD EPISODE 169, SEASON NINE: "THE CARTOON"
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(10) THE NAKED LOIS LANE
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Elaine creates a cartoon for "The New Yorker" magazine which turns out to be a rip-off of a Ziggy cartoon. Ziggy got his revenge in the cartoon seen right, by Tom Wilson.

In this episode, discussing cartoons, Elaine mentions that she's seen Jerry's drawings of naked Lois Lane. "Those are supposed to be private!" a horrified Jerry replies.

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We don't have any drawings of Lois Lane naked, but here's the next best thing, seen below: a photograph of naked Terri Hatcher, who portrayed the Daily Planet's ace reporter in TV's "Lois and Clark," and who also once guest-starred on Seinfeld, where she delivered the following immortal description of her own breasts: "They're REAL, and they're SPECTACULAR!"
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NOTE: As far as I know, EVERY episode of Seinfeld has at least one reference to Superman. "The Parking Garage" is sometimes named as a "Superman-free" episode, but that show's story calls for Jerry to pee in a garage. The script for this scene says: "We stay with Jerry as he walks to the back of a car, looks around like Superman, then lets fly. He finishes, zips up, then turns and sees a security guard staring at him with his arms folded."

THE AMEX COMMERCIALS!
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SUPER-SEINFELD GOES COMMERCIAL

Jerry Seinfeld teamed up with Superman "in person" for a series of AMERICAN EXPRESS commercials, the first of which aired during the NFL Playoffs in January 1998. Seinfeld came up with the concept of the ad campaign, which blends live action Super Seinfeldwith animation. The ads were directed by big-time Hollywood director Barry Levinson (Diner, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Wag The Dog), and co-written by Seinfeld.

Superman's voice in the ads was provided by Seinfeld's David Puddy, PATRICK WARBURTON (pictured right; Super SeinfeldWarburton also played satirical superhero "The Tick"). Superman himself was "played" by HARRY O'REILY in an all-green suit (seen left), and an animated Man of Steel figure was later super-imposed over him.

Seinfeld reportedly asked that a Curt Swan-style Superman be created for the ads, but the drawing looks more like Wayne Boring adapted for a coloring book, if you ask me. But nevertheless, the satirical commercials are highly entertaining. They come off as goofy, bizarro slices of life in Seinworld. They're sort of like reading a "What if Puddy was Superman?" imaginary story starring the whole Superman JackLarsonfamily.

TV-show Superman Jimmy Olsen JACK LARSON appears in one ad, where he's seen standing in front of the Daily Planet building holding a copy of the newspaper (shown right). TV-Superman ace reporter Lois Lane NOEL NEILL (pictured below left, on set with Jerry) also shows up, in a commercialwhere Seinfelddrives cross-country with Superman. All Super Seinfeldthese ads are available on YouTube.

"I love taking road trips," Jerry explained, "and I thought it would be fun to invite Superman along for the ride. I'm sure he misses a lot of scenic spots when flying at super-speed."

Thoughtful Jerry even took the time to send a few postcards back home, and Amex actually printed a few of them for use as as promotional items. The postcards are shown below; click them or here for super-size versions you can print out and send to your friends!
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