Adventures of Superman, Vol. 1

  • by Adventures of Superman
  • 1 hrs and 46 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the premiere episodes of The Adventures of Superman! Debuting on March 12, 1940, the exciting radio serial was an instant hit. Starring Clayton "Bud" Collyer in the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, this initial nine-episode sequence tells the story of the destruction of Krypton and the Man of Steel's arrival on Earth. It features the very first appearances anywhere of Lois Lane, Perry White, and the Daily Planet, and introduces two recurring arch-enemies: the Wolf and the Yellow Mask. The Adventures of Superman was a radio mainstay until its final episode in March 1951. In all, "Bud" Collyer played his most famous role in more than 2,000 episodes.

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What the Critics Say

"The long-running adventure serial...was one of the hallmarks of the Golden Age of radio....Superman was never able to fly as high on television as he had for an adventure-filled decade in radio's theater of the imagination." (Anthony Tollin, "Superman on Radio")

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Superman but not as you know him!

Everybody knows Superman, whether you've read his comics, watched him movies or TV shows, or just inhaled the enthusiasm from some of his millions of fans. And a lot of aspects are established; weakness to Kryptonite, arch enemy Lex Luthor... but when you listen to a volume of his radio show- which at a time was a huge success- you may well feel a bit disorientated. The character was relatively new, first appearing in Action Comics #1 two years earlier, and so people likely would tune into the next episode, wondering what will happen next. Which is where the programmes feel dated, there may be an air of tension, but knowing Superman as we now know him, there is little real threat. The villains are rather generic criminals and hoodlums and the acting hasn't aged well. Still, if you are interested in DC, radio history, or just want something family friendly and easy to listen to, these are great, it's an interesting artifact in the evolution of the character and there are a surprising amount of episodes, which are quite short, so you can listen at your own pace. They might cause some unintended laughter at some of the expressions of the day, but so might the comics, and it's all good clean fun.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2007
  • Publisher: Radio Spirits, Inc.