ACCORDING TO HISTORY ORB, The Adventures of Superman premiered in syndication today in 1953. However, the Superman Super Site lists September 19, 1952 as the premier date of the first series to star the greatest of all superheroes, Superman. Regardless of the actual premier date, it is long overdue I dedicate a post to this series. Both premier dates noted are a bit before my time but I loved watching this series as a child years later.
And that opening sequence! It has to be among my favorite series openings of all time. The narration, which is etched in my mind, was expanded from the 1940’s Superman radio show and the Superman cartoons. Voiced beautifully by Bill Kennedy I get goosebumps whenever I hear…
“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound! (“Look! Up in the sky!” “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane!” “It’s Superman!”)… Yes, it’s Superman … strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men! Superman … who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!”
Later version in color:
With little time to dedicate a full-scale write-up or review to the series, I thought I’d pay tribute today by way of some great clips and images I happened across. Although the classic series deserves a lot of attention as it was great television and happened to feature my favorite of all superheroes! I will surely comment on individual episodes in the future.
For now, I remember “The Adventures of Superman” with images.
George Reeves audition clip:
1953 show previews:
Phyllis Coates’ first scene as Lois Lane:
A scene with Noel Neill, successor to Coates as Lois Lane:
From Season two, a montage of music cues:
A short clip montage:
An extensive slide show, which includes images from the series’ entire run:
Clark Kent promotes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes:
And, an important final image:
Up, up and away!
Until next time.