Superman deserves a super-sized get-well card, and that's what Beverly Hills businessman David Harrison Levi made for actor Christopher Reeve, who played the Man of Steel on the silver screen.
And he got a super response, too. When Levi placed a 6-foot-by-6-foot canvas in front of his Beverly Drive baseball card and memorabilia shop last weekend, passersby lined up to send best wishes to the actor, who severely injured his neck in an equestrian accident.
Even Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, in the neighborhood for dinner, scrawled his best wishes. Now, with both sides of the canvas covered by thousands of responses, Levi will have to figure out how to send the "card."
His favorite entry: "Get better faster than a speeding bullet."
MARVELOUS MARV: For the third time, Marvin Braude, the Westside's wizard of political perspicacity, has put his chips on a long shot and come up smiling.
The veteran Los Angeles city councilman was one of the first public officials to endorse Michel Feuer's bid for the council seat long held by Zev Yaroslavsky; in earlier years, he threw his weight behind Michael Woo and Ruth Galanter when they came from nowhere to win a council post.
Though the conventional political wisdom did not favor the chances of his proteges, Braude said he backed them because they were on the right side of environmental issues.
"It was a matter of conscience because they were all 'losers,' " he said at Feuer's victory party Tuesday night. "I just thought they were superior people."
BRIEF BESTSELLER: Convicted Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss may be facing three years in prison if her appeal of a pandering conviction falls through, but she says she's not going to sit on the secrets in her little black book that long.
Fleiss, who has opened a clothing boutique on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, says she plans to write a book about her experiences as Hollywood's most notorious madam and she's not going to leave much out, especially names.
"What's in the black book is for when I write my book," she says. "You've got to leave yourself something."
Until that long-awaited tome sees light, Fleiss says her bestseller is still the men's cotton briefs with the sewn-in pocket for a condom.
IT'S THE CAT'S WHISKERS: Felix may like to go tomcatting, but the Humane Society says it's best to keep him and his sisters indoors.
The grim statistics: House cats can look forward to a life span of 15 to 20 years; roamers are lucky to last beyond 18 months.
"A living pet is a real responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly," says Madeline Bernstein, executive director of the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals/Southern California Humane Society, whose Los Angeles shelter is located at 5026 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Mid-City District.
"It's a commitment for life."
On the occasion of Adopt-A-Cat Month, Bernstein is urging people to take in homeless felines. The shelter provides spayed or neutered waifs for a $55 fee, which also includes shots and a certificate for a free vet exam. Further information is available at (213) 730-5300.