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Smallville: Blast from the past

Here are my scans of a few more magazines featuring Tom Welling and/or Smallville that, since I didn't start watching the show until S5, I missed when they first came out. Maybe some of you missed them, too, or would just have fun revisiting them now. Click for BIGGER.

From the September 7, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly (#612/613), the Fall TV Preview edition:

From the December 21/28, 2001 issue of Entertainment Weekly (#631/632), the Best of 2001 edition, Breakouts section:

From the June 24/July 1, 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly (#826/827), the Must List edition:

This is from an article about set design in the November 2003 issue of Architectural Digest. Smallville was the only TV show featured. Here are a couple of the gorgeous pics they included, and clickable thumbnails of the section about Smallville. I kept the pages BIG on purpose, so you could see as much detail in the pics as possible. It's interesting to compare these images to screen caps from the current season.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 7th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Runs to tackle you *very gentley* So nice to have you back!

I love the pics from Arch Digest. The SV sets used to be really beautiful (I think some of them tend to be lazy and boring nowadays). The production values in the early days were really something extraordinary.

And its always nice to see baby Tom! I wish his managers had looked harder *sigh*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 7th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had to think twice to remember the code to turn pics into links! It's been awhile. :)

I really do miss the look of Smallville in those early years: the sets that were rich with detail and color, the extensive time spent on location, and the spectacular stunts and special effects. I think the show still does some amazing work, especially given the double whammy of budget cuts and increasing salaries, but very little can compare to the magic they made in the beginning.

You know, I never realized what a fuss the media made over Tom during that first year. It's been interesting to see the progression as I read all these old articles and interviews in chronological order. During S1 he was on every list, and in every teen magazine "hot guy" pictorial. In S2 the snark about his reluctance to answer certain personal questions started to creep in. By S3 they were calling him elusive and reserved, and then we got that rude interview in YM Magazine. After that articles about him were mostly limited to sci-fi and foreign magazines, and the interviews were few and far between, except for the obligatory publicity he did for his films. And as we all know, he only became more reclusive as time went on.

I have to believe that Tom has had a career strategy all along. I'm sure we'll never know what his grand plan has been, but it seems to be one that has cultivated his opportunities behind the scenes, both creative and business, rather than his acting. I've entertained all kinds of theories about why he stopped taking on other projects outside of Smallville, mostly in a desperate effort to convince myself that he really will continue to act once the show is over. :)
rkc_erika From: rkc_erika Date: January 7th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are just awesome! I've never seen a bunch of these before. I've never seen that pic of Tom & Maggie in anything other than a tiny picture - so thank you!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 7th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad some of them are new to you, too! I scoured old, defunct Smallville news sites, scrolling through endless archives to find every mention of an article or interview, and amassed a list of everything that sounded intriguing. Now I haunt eBay and used magazine sites for hidden treasures. :) As someone who found fandom at a very late date, it's been fun to discover the history of the show through these little snapshots of the past.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: January 7th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is so cool. Thank you so much for posting these.

It's so fun to see those old pictures again. In some ways, Tom looks exactly the same and in other ways, he has matured so much.

I have never seen that article in Arch.Digest before. Really cool. I literally just sat here for a full 5 minutes just staring at the details in the set pics. I have always loved the Kent home and it's so neat to be able to look closely at a detailed picture and look at all the little nuances and pieces that make it complete.

I respect Al and Miles for everything that they brought to Smallville and of course, I remain grateful for bringing us the series. But every time I read an interview where either of them speak, I can't help but feel like there is a sense of....snobbiness about the Superman franchise. I don't think either of them have a reverance for Superman and what he stands for. I know that's an odd statement. But that's the vibe I get sometimes when they talk about their vision for the show. Also, someone should probably tell them that they are NOT the first show to explore Clark Kent's sex life or to ask the question of whether Clark can have sex. "Lois and Clark", (the show that they made fun on several occasions) actually did that first.:)

Thank you so much again for the pictures. I hope you are feeling better.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 8th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Watching the show year after year, it's been a little like living with Tom. The changes have been so gradual I hardly noticed them, focusing on that same gorgeous smile, those same expressive eyes, but then I look back at these early pics and realize how very much he has grown up. It amazes me how even now he can look ALL man one minute, commanding, heroic and powerful, and in the next look like an adorable little boy. :) He's changed a lot over the past ten years, but at the same time he has an ageless quality about him.

I literally just sat here for a full 5 minutes just staring at the details in the set pics.

I did that, too! Those two pics I posted are my favorites. I especially appreciate the bright light the loft is bathed in for the photo, unlike the dusky shadows we're used to seeing on the show.

Don't get me started on AlMiles. ;) I will say this, though: it was mostly Al with whom I had a problem. He always seemed to make the remarks I found so disrespectful to Tom, and to the Superman mythos. I have a tendency to lump them together, but Miles aggravated me less. Still, that just could have been because he tended to talk less. :) I do remember one interview I read where Miles emphasized that Smallville is Clark's story, and that it was their responsibility as showrunners to always bring the focus back to him, and I appreciated that. It's something I think the show lost sight of as the years went on and coming up with fresh storylines became more of a challenge.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: January 7th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
GAH! I love those scans so much! I never read any of those before! So of course, it goes into the collection! Thanks so much!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 8th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them as much as I did! That first scan from Entertainment Weekly is the earliest article I've seen to date that features Tom. I was very happy to find it. Sometimes I find links in old message boards to scans of these earliest articles, but of course invariably they're hopelessly out of date, and there's nothing to be found any more when I click on them. I've enjoyed tracking the magazines down, and half the fun is sharing the squee with my flist. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: January 8th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for these. Yay for baby!Tommy and his divine curls! I love Michael's quote about Lex seeing something in Clark that no one else does. *hearts*

I'd never seen the Architectural Digest article before - that's so cool that the set designers got some recognition.

ETA: How is your back doing?!

Edited at 2011-01-08 03:30 am (UTC)
airygold From: airygold Date: January 9th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved this post! I have never seen the article from Architectural Digest.

I am also new to the fandom and in the beginning, I did the same as you, scouring news sites, archives, and even buying old magazines on eBay (like Rolling Stone and YM).

For my own selfish reasons, I wish Tom was more open in interviews, but he's obviously not built that way. I worry that he will disappear behind the camera after Smallville.

Thanks again!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: January 9th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember those Tom pictures, although I was getting EW at that point.
danceswithgary From: danceswithgary Date: January 10th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing these.:-D
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