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The Adventures of Superman is a long-running radio serial that originally aired Nulla!… Silenzio! - Giacomo Puccini, Carlo Guelfi, Maria Guleghina, Neil Shicoff, London Voices, The to featuring the DC Comics character Superman.
On Mutualit was broadcast from August 31,to February 4,as a minute serial, running three or, usually, five times a week. From February 7 to June 24,it ran as a thrice-weekly half-hour show. In all, 2, original episodes of The Adventures of Superman aired on American radio.
The following year, the newspaper comic strip began and four audition radio programs were prepared to sell Superman as a radio series. When Superman was first heard on radio less than two years after the comic book appearance, the character took on an added dimension with Bud Collyer in the title role.
During World War II and the post-war years, the juvenile adventure radio serial, sponsored by Kellogg's Pepwas a huge success, with many listeners following the quest for "truth and justice" in the daily radio broadcasts, the comic book stories and the newspaper comic strip. Airing in the late afternoon variously at pm, pm and pmthe radio serial engaged its young after-school audience with its exciting and distinctive opening, which changed slightly as the series progressed.
Most familiar today is the television opening, which copied the radio opening from onward save for "and the American Way" line, which was an even later additionbut the most often heard radio opening through the mids was:. Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, race a speeding bullet to its target, 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 and justice.
In the first few episodes, Superman's home planet of Krypton is located on the far side of the sun, as opposed to a distant star system as it is in most stories. During the journey to Earth, baby Kal-el grows into an adult and emerges fully grown from his ship after it lands on Earth. Οι Άντρες Θέλουν Σκότωμα - Ρένα Ντάλμα - Σ Έχω Ανάγκη is never adopted by the Kents but immediately begins his superhero career.
This was eventually retconned in later episodes to match the narrative of the comic books. This serial introduced the fictional mineral kryptonitethe radiation from which can weaken and even in some continuities kill Superman. Aside from giving Superman's foes a plausible way to fight him, it also allowed Superman's voice actor to take the occasional break: Superman would spend the next episode incapacitated, his groans voiced Various - Power Mix Latino a substitute actor.
In Januarythe show was listened to on 3. In A Crime To Be. - Ken McLellan And Arrow Cross - Twice As Hard it was listened to on 4. That well-known signature opening, one of the most famous in radio history, was delivered by Jackson Beckthe announcer-narrator for the program from to He also had recurring roles, voicing an occasional tough guy and also portraying Beany Martin, the Daily Planet ' s teenage copy boy.
Just as Superman's true identity remained a secret, the identity of radio actor Collyer also remained a secret from untilwhen the character of Superman was used in a promotional campaign for racial and religious tolerance and Collyer did a Time magazine interview about that campaign.
Since there were no reruns at that time, the series often used plot devices A Crime To Be. - Ken McLellan And Arrow Cross - Twice As Hard plot twists to allow Collyer to have vacation time.
Kryptonite allowed Superman to be incapacitated and incoherent with pain while the secondary characters took the focus instead. The scripts by B. Many aspects associated with Superman, such as kryptonite, originated on radio, as did certain characters, including Daily Planet editor Perry White, copy boy Jimmy Olsen and police inspector Bill Henderson.
Paramount's animated Superman short films used voices by the radio actors, and Columbia's Superman movie serialswere "adapted from the Superman radio program broadcast on the Mutual Network".
Inthe series delivered a powerful blow against the Ku Klux Klan 's prospects in the northern US. Concerned that the organization had links to the government and police forces, Kennedy decided to use his findings to strike at the Klan in a different way.
He contacted the Superman producers and proposed a story where the superhero battles the Klan. Looking for new villains, the producers eagerly agreed.
To that end, he provided information— including secret codewords and details of Klan rituals—to the writers. Kennedy intended to strip away the Klan's mystique.
The trivialization of the Klan's rituals and codewords had a negative impact on Klan recruiting and membership. Reportedly, Klan leaders denounced the show and called for a boycott of Kellogg's products.
However, the story arc earned spectacular ratings, and the food company stood by its support of the show. He wrote, "[O]ne is hard pressed to uncover anything that might be construed as proprietary to the KKK, with the exception of one — and only one — sequence, heard in episode 2". The syndicated series, titled simply Supermanfirst aired via pre-recorded transcription disks over 11 stations beginning on February 12,with an origin story, "The Baby from Krypton". The series aired in minute episodes three times a week until May 9,with the conclusion of the "Nitrate Shipment" storyline.
By that time, I Need $100 - Various - Detroit Blues - The Early 1950s had expanded to 63 stations.
The series then moved to multi-part cliffhanger stories, beginning with "The Mystery of Dyerville". Some stories spanned just a few episodes; others, like "The Last of the Clipper Ships", went on for up to 20 parts. Beginning August 25,a second series of transcriptions designed to air five days per week although many stations continued the previous three-per-week schedule aired.
These concluded after 26 weeks with the final installment of "A Mystery for Superman" airing on February 20, By the time the syndicated series ceased production, it was airing in 85 North American markets. The revival began with two individual episodes, and then returned to the cliffhanger serial format. The stories were of varying lengths—some stories were only five parts, while others could go into the dozens. Some of the longer stories include "Looking for Kryptonite" 25 episodes"The Hate Mongers' Organization" 25 episodes and "Superman vs Kryptonite" 33 episodes.
All stories broadcast from August 31, to September 3, are A Crime To Be. - Ken McLellan And Arrow Cross - Twice As Hard wholly or partially missing. For those stories where some episodes are available in circulation, it will be noted which parts are available. From September 4, Part 1 of "Dr. For these 4 serials, it will be specified which parts are missing. The remaining serialized stories are all either wholly or partially missing. Beginning February 7,The Adventures of Superman episodes expanded to 30 minutes each.
All were transcribed. Each episode was self-contained and had an individual story title. It returned as a mystery program targeted toward adults  on Saturday, October 29, at pm over the ABC network. This version reused the scripts for the 60 MBS half-hour episodes and the 13 "adult" ABC episodes but with new cast members.
A total of 78 episodes were produced, with the final broadcast, "The Mystery of the Prehistoric Monster," on March 1, By then, producer Robert Maxwell was actively preparing Adventures of Superman for television. In the s, an Australian version of the series had a different cast with Superman played by Leonard Teale.
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