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    Atom Man vs. Superman Poster Signed by Kirk Alyn (Columbia, 1950). A Chapter 1 one sheet (27" x 41") theatrical poster for the second Superman serial, which hung in star Kirk Alyn's home for many years. Kirk was the first actor to portray the Man of Steel in a live action film (after the series of wildly popular cartoons produced by Max Fleischer), and this second serial preceded the TV series which featured George Reeves in the title role. The poster is in Good condition, and has been mounted to a sheet of heavy board. It's signed "Best Wishes 'Superman' Kirk Alyn" in fine black marker. From the Kirk Alyn Archives Collection.

    Provenance:
    Our consignor Clark Pickard's partner Ken Thompson had become friends with Kirk Alyn through Thompson's business. Thompson had been in the antique and collectibles business for several years and was visited by Kirk on occasion, in turn visiting Alyn in his home in The Woodlands, TX on numerous occasions, often assisting Alyn with various chores. Alyn had virtually all his numerous posters, pictures, awards, etc. on display in his home. The piece of "kryptonite" consigned to our Music & Entertainment Signature Auction in July, 2012 was on display in a lighted glass case on the fireplace mantel. Alyn seldom threw anything away that involved his career.
    When Alyn passed away in 1999, his companion was the sole benefactor of the estate, and called Ken Thompson one day to help her pack all of Alyn's items to store them in boxes in the couple's garage. Subsequently she decided to move back to Los Angeles, offering Kirk Alyn's memorabilia to Thompson.
    Ken Thompson passed away a little over a year ago of a heart attack, and now Clark Pickard owns the Kirk Alyn estate and has consigned many items from the estate to Heritage Auctions.





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    Auction Dates
    July, 2012
    24th Tuesday
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