Death of Superman- Funeral For A Friend.
March 3, 2009

ZodAFISuperFuneral4.jpgI’ve seen a lot of collections in my time, but no one puts together more interesting dioramas than my buddy Cuban Zod.  He just finds the coolest stuff and puts them together in such an interesting fashion.    I have a few photos of parts of his collection that I thought would be fun to share with you.

Here is his diorama of Superman’s funeral.   It’s made up of Super Powers figures, Superman and Batman animated figures, his own customs, some Chap Mei policemen, and some scale props.   The building/set they are on is a scale model used in the filming of the movie "Reign of Fire" that he bought in a warehouse sale.

Here is Cuban Zod’s Funeral For A Friend diorama:




Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • THAT is amazing. Did he customize all the figures? I’d love to know what he used for the building/columns. This is a very nice set-up…. I hope he has it in a nice display area and keeps it this way. I am eager to see what he could do with all the characters that the JLU has available now.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • I just re-read your description, lol…. nevermind my question on the columns…. my reading skills are in desperate need of work, I guess…. either that or I was just so amazed by the pictures that my mind went to mush….. yeah, let’s go with that. 🙂

  • j1h15233 says:

    I would LOVE to see someone put together dioramas of different JLU episodes, assuming we get all the show characters one day. This is just awesome though. Must have taken a long time to put together.

  • Chip Cataldo says:

    Ha! That’s awesome! Thanks for posting, Dan!



  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Fantastic. Way to go, C-Zod. Great idea and execution.

  • Hourman says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmm …. Super Powers makes eeeeeeverything right.

    Did you know Super Powers can cure a rainy day? Its true.

    Fun stuff. Huzzah & kudos to Cuban Zod.

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    Super Powers can cure the common cold. And that diorama is too cool for school. Excellent customs, great use of the JSA, and a top-notch re-creation of an iconic moment in comics history.

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