Series: The Adventures of Superman
Regular cast (L to R): Perry White, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Inspector Henderson. Not pictured
Oh, there he is.
"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!"
The first Superman
TV series, running from 1952 to 1958 and starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel. The supporting cast included Phyllis Coates and later
Noel Neill as Lois Lane
, Jack Larson as Jimmy Olsen
, John Hamilton as Perry White, and Robert Shayne as Inspector Henderson
. Those actors that are still alive often have cameos in more modern Superman projects. This show is the way most children in the 1950s were introduced to Superman, and also the main reason that Jimmy Olsen got his own comic book.
The show was produced during the Mort Weisinger era of Superman comics, and he and Whitney Ellisworth were even on the staff. As a result, a lot of the plots are carbon copies of comic book stories from the time (for example, the story "The Phantom Superman" became the episode "Superman in Exile".) As a result, the series is probably the purest adaptation of late golden/early silver-age comic books out there.
The later TV series Lois and Clark
is also known as "The New
Adventures of Superman", following this show's title.
Sadly, the series is now mostly remembered for George Reeves' mysterious deathnote
, which formed the basis of its own movie: Hollywoodland
, where he was portrayed by Ben Affleck
The show also has a character page and a Recap page
which Needs Wiki Magic Love
In addition to all the Superman tropes, this series provides examples of: