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The third animated take on [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the Man of Steel]] (following the WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons and Creator/{{Filmation}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''), Creator/RubySpears' Superman ran for 13 episodes on Creator/{{CBS}} in 1988. The series was not renewed as the licensing fee for the character was too high.

It managed to coincide with Superman's 50th anniversary, having debuted in 1938.

Notable for being the first PostCrisis take on Superman on television, although it takes most elements from the Creator/ChristopherReeve film series. Longtime comic book scribe Marv Wolfman acted as story editor, and character designs were made by longtime comic book artist Gil Kane. Amongst the writing team happened to be Larry [=DiTillio=], who'd later go on to greater fame being half the creative drive behind ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.

Episodes were split in two parts, with the main plot, followed by a light-hearted four-minute "Superman's Family Album" segment, showcasing Clark Kent's upbringing on the Kent Farm.

Beau Weaver voiced the titular character, Ginny [=McSwain=] both voiced LoisLane and voice directed (she would later be the voice director on ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''), Mark L. Taylor voiced Jimmy Olsen, Stanley Ralph Ross voiced Perry White (he had previously written for ''Series/{{Batman}}'', ''Series/WonderWoman'' and ''GIJoe'', and did voice work on ''SuperFriends'') and Creator/MichaelBell provided the voice of LexLuthor.

The full series is presently out on DVD, and definitely worth a look.

!!Tropes:
* [[ActingForTwo Acting For Three]][=/=]TalkingToHerself: In the Phantom Zone prisoners episode, Ginny [=McSwain=] pulled ''triple duty'' voicing Lois, Ursa and Faora.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
* BaseballEpisode: In "Triple Play", the Prankster [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleports]] the players from the Metropolis/Gotham City World Series to a tropical island, then forces Superman to play against both teams combined.
* CanonForeigner: Aside from Lex Luthor, General Zod and the Prankster, all the villains were created specifically for this series.
* CaptainErsatz: Cybron was pretty much created because they wanted to use Brainiac, but weren't sure what direction the comic was taking the character during JohnByrne's revamp of the mythos.
* CatchPhrase: Superman's here is '''"Up, up, and away!"''', which he utters quite frequently. The show also carries on the tradition of Perry White telling Olsen not to call him Chief. However, humorous variations do pop up, such as:
-->"Olsen... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Don't. Call. Me.]]"
-->"Chief?"
-->"No! Don't call me for references, YOU'RE FIRED!"
* ClarkKenting: Obviously. Follows the Christopher Reeve formula of making Clark Kent meek and bumbling.
* CompositeCharacter: The Lex Luthor presented here is a hybrid of JohnByrne's corporate executive Lex Luthor and Gene Hackman's more comedic Lex Luthor (Byrne wrote Luthor as cold and menacing).
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lex Luthor, following in the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' comic's footsteps.
* DarkMistress: Jessica Morganberry, in a manner reminiscent of Miss Tesmacher from the Superman films.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lex, especially when discussing either Superman ("Blue Boy") or Jessica ("My little neanderthal").
* TheDitz: Miss Morganberry.
* DriveInTheater: Featured briefly in "Bonechill"; the titular villain causes the monsters from a BMovie to come to life.
* DumbBlonde: Again, Miss Morganberry. To the point that Luthor at one point has to quip that she's "a waste of evolution".
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: In "Triple Play", a shark attacks the Prankster. Superman [[SaveTheVillain saves him]], but his ego is [[NeverLiveItDown seriously injured]].
* {{Expy}}: As mentioned before, Jessica Morganberry pretty much fills in Miss Tesmacher's role here, only even ditzier.
** Also, as noted, the titular villain in "Cybron Strikes" is Brainiac in everything but name.
* HumongousMecha: In the first episode, Lex Luthor's Defendroids can combine into one gigantic robot, with a prison cell tummy.
** Complete with a BatmanCanBreatheInSpace, where Jimmy and Lois are fine despite spending part of the fight in space and the robot entering the atmosphere with no apparent protective measures for anyone in the cage.
* LargeHam: Lex Luthor. Creator/MichaelBell really hammed it up, in a manner quite reminiscent of Gene Hackman's portrayal of Luthor in the live-action films.
* MythologyGag: The series begins with Lois and Superman flying together in a manner reminiscent of their romantic flight in the 1978 ''Film/{{Superman}}'' film, and the theme song is the theme by Music/JohnWilliams from that film. Also, the intro used an abbreviated version of the opening narration from the old ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' TV show from the 1950s, up to using the same recording.
** The DVD's cover art homages the cover of the first issue from Byrne's ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' mini-series, using the series' character design instead.
* OpeningNarration: As noted, it's a shortened version of the narration from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''Superman and WonderWoman vs. the Sorceress of Time''.
* PostCrisis: As mentioned, this series was the first non-print Superman media following John Byrne's revamping of the character, and WonderWoman's guest episode was the same for her following George Pérez's revamping of the character.
* SadisticChoice: Superman faced this situation a few times, usually having to choose between saving Lois and preventing some life-threatening disaster. He always managed to TakeAThirdOption.
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