When it came to casting Superbman we didn't have to look far. In some cases all we had to do was look in the mirror.

Behind the camera everyone was doing double duty and it made sense before the camera, too. Hence director Dave Teubner, was cast as the spunky cub reporter, Jiminy Olson. Special effects designer, Drex Reed was a natural as the evil kraptonian, General Zit. And it wasn't much of a stretch for producer, Vern Dietsche, Jr. to play the bombastic High Kraptonian Elder.

Three more parts were filled by friends who were working actors: Mark Rydzynski (Superbman), Tricia Mathews (Lois Lame) and Dan Sanchez (Rex Ruthor).

M'linda McGuire (Miss Tushmaker) and Mani Migliore (Little Girl) were the only actors without previous experience. Still, the both did well.

Mark Rydzynski

Superbman/Clark Cant

Mark is a talented actor. At the time Superbman was being shot, he had been performing in various community theaters throughout Orange County with leading roles in such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady and The Fantastics.

He received his initial training at UCI and Orange Coast College.

Unfortunately, we lost track of Mark, and, currently, we have no further information on him.

Dan Sanchez

Rex Ruthor

Dan is no stranger to theatrics. As a former rock-and-roll musician (The Medulla), he was known for his outrageous stage antics. In high school, college and theater groups he has been cast in many character parts that required his special brand of talent.

After Superbman, Dan was cast in several films produced and directed by Vern Dietsche, including the award winning Clock (as the Neanderthal) and Road to Mars (as bumbling UFO hunter). Currently, he ccasionally appears as Ynnad, the alien, in Vern's the YouTube series, UFO Bob.

Drex Reed

Special effects

Ever since he can remember Drex has been interested in the area of Special Effects. Inspired by the work of Ray Harryhausen and George Pal, he produced his first effects film, The Miraculous Man Made Movie Machine, when he was 16 years old.

In 1975 he entered Orange Coast College and made a series of ingenious effects films including; Space Patrol and Future Gold. As a result, he was destined to create and supervise Superbman's many diverse effects.

In addition to creating the special effects he accepted the responsiblites of location sound engineer, camera operator, stunt co-odinator, and sound effects editor, which in itself required him to cut over 1,000 separate sound effects into the film. A man whose talents are not confined to the technical aspects of filmmaking, he also appears in the film as the evil Kraptonian criminal, General Zit.

Today, Drex works professionaly creating special effects. Some of the films he's worked on include, Team America: World Police (special effects assistant: additional miniatures) and Screamers (stop-motion gaffer: Chiodo Bros. Productions Inc.).

Vern Dietsche, Jr.

Kraptonian Elder

Under Vern's guidance, a cast and crew of many diverse talents was brought together to collaborate on this most ambitious project. Armed with a bit of Chutzpah, he was not only able to obtain the expertise of many industry professional, but he secured all of the locations and property on a gratis basis as well.

Next, armed with only a glib tongue, he acquired the necessary investors to finance the project and organize a promotional campaign that toured the science fiction convention circuit with a preview reel and behind-the-scenes slide presentation. His other responsibilities included assistant director, camera operator, assistant editor and storyboard co-conceptualization.

Vern's earned his BA in Film & Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach, but his interest in films began in 1962 with his first 8 mm film Dr. Frankenstien. Since then has produced hunders of short subject and promotional films, including, Clock, which received the Rosebud Award for Best Narrative at the 7th Annual Media Arts Festival Film & Video Competition, a CSU state-wide competition. Clock featured Dan Sanchez, who portrays Rex Ruthor in Superbman.

A photographer / filmaker, Vern owns and operates Studio Cyborlite, providing services world-wide. One of his clients was famed filmaker, Ray Harryhausen. He is also creative director for Eyesight Entertainment, a new social medial platform for content creators.

Plus, he writes, produces and performs in the YouTube series, UFO Bob.

Tricia Mattews

Lois Lame

Interesting factoid: When we first met Tricia Matthews, she was determined to be an actress. Come to think of it, maybe that's not so interesting. Lots of young women dream of being an actress.

Amazing factoid: A few years later, after all the trials and tribulations of making Superbman were through, Tricia Matthews was STILL determined to be an actress! That fact alone is probably one of the best predictors for the fact that now, nearly 28 years after Superbman writer John Ginn first discovered her working the perfume counter at a long defunct department store, Tricia Matthews is one of the rarest of earth's creatures — a full-time working professional actress. That's right, she's still at it.

Not that we're trying to take any of the credit for that fact. Throughout production, Tricia's dedication to her craft was obvious. Between Superbman shoots, she earned a bachelors in Theater Arts and California State University, Fullerton, worked full-time at Knott's Berry Farm's Bird Cage Theater, starred in several productions at the college, and performed in outdoor dinner theater shows in the summer.

A good example of Superbman craziness might be her performing one night in The Glass Menagerie and her subsequent early morning near kidnapping by John so that we could take her out to a remote location to fling pies at her. Wet gloppy sticky pies. Let it be repeated, she remains an actress to this day.

Following her graduation from college, Tricia has worked almost constantly as an actress, a career choice far broader and usually far less glamorous than what might first come to mind to most people. She has worked in traveling children's shows for school assemblies, summer stock, repertory, TV commercials and guest spots, industrial films and even co-starred in an unreleased film with Morgan Fairchild. Throughout her career, just as she had demonstrated with Superbman, her solid professionalism has taken her to the stages of many prestigious theaters, including Orange County California's South Coast Repertory, and has found her traveling around the world with touring companies.

She currently spends much of her time doing six to seven shows a year as an actor and director at Virginia's famed Barter Theater.

Dave Teubner

Jiminy Olson

A man of many talents, Dave Tuebner served not only as director, but as production designer, Cinematographer and Editor, too.

As Production Designer he was responsible for set design and graphics. Two of his most unique designs were the "Space Can" space ship, which brought baby "Supe" to earth, and the sewer matte painting for the entrance to Rex Ruther's Lair. As editor, he spent over nine months cutting picture, dialogue and music with many of the cutting sessions lasting through the night. Over and above these duties, Dave also portrayed the spunky young news reporter, Jiminy Olson.

Dave became interested in filmmaking during High School and made his first 16 mm film in 1974 for Avco Financial Services. While attending Orange Coast College, he was the Writer-Producer of There is a Place, a campus promotional film.

An avid architecture buff, his other interests include classical music, miniatures, and comic book collecting.

Currently, Dave is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach, having earned a BS degree in Industrial Design from CSULB and an MA degree in Graphic Design from CSUF.

M'Linda McGuire

Miss Tussmaker

But Rexxxxxxx!

If there was a catch phrase to emerge among the Superbman crew it was probably this, the oft-repeated line of Rex Ruthor's voluptuous female sidekick Miss Tushmaker. As an acting challenge, Hedda Gabler it ain't, but luckily for us M'Linda McGuire agreed to take the part on. It was a decision with some consequences attached; chief among her memories of making Superbman, she says, is freezing to death between takes in her Miss Tushmaker gown.

M'Linda is far from being the ditzy blonde she was asked to play. Shortly after completing her role in Superbman she became a Graduate Gemologist. After several years in that field, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and merged her gemology experience with her considerable marketing skills to create marketing, communication and sales strategies as a Regional Director for J. Walter Thompson, a top international advertising firm.

For more than 10 years, M’Linda has implemented successful national marketing, branding and sales campaigns. She currently has her own marketing consulting firm, Image Consulting.

In 2006, M'Linda completed her Master's degree in Counseling at St. Edward's University in Austin and continues to live in Texas.

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