Look! Up In The Sky!

"Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound."

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George Reeves will always be "the real" Superman to me. Here's one of the web sites dedicated to him: George Reeves

"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."

I remember well that introduction to the 1950's television series "Superman". In those days all home televisions were black and white, but it may surprise you to learn that the series was filmed in color. So, if you somehow see an episode today, it hasn't been "colorized", that's the original.

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The opening scene of the TV series - the 48 star flag was waving in the background of course.

Click to listen to the exciting introduction.

What has Superman to do with Pacific Islander? Funny you should ask. Superman is one comic book Superhero character that won't go away and continues to pop up in different forms and mediums. You can learn all about that from Swinebread of Atomic Romance (a great blog dedicated to superheros and comic books). As recently as last year, another Superman movie was produced - "Superman Returns". Haven't seen it yet. We'll have to rent it when it becomes available on DVD in Japan.

And that's where the connection lies, for last year Kellogg's, which sponsored the original television series I watched as a kid, promoted the new Superman movie on it's "Genmai Flakes" cereal boxes here in Japan. (Genmai is short-grain brown rice.)

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I will admit that Lois Lane didn't look quite that good in the 1950's, but this Superman looks kind of "wimpy" to me.

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On the back of the box they showed cool "Superman Returns" stuff you could win in a drawing.

No, I didn't enter the drawing.

Trivia: Jack Larson, who played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the TV series, portrayed Bo the bar tender in "Superman Returns". No, George Reeves did NOT live in my neighborhood. He lived 8 miles away (as Superman flies) and I never saw him in person.


Swinebread said...

I like the George Reaves Superman a lot. Just like The Lone Ranger, I would catch the reruns every Sunday Morning. I still remember a great episode of I love Lucy where Superman showed up. It’s interesting how much global impact Superman still has.

As for the Superman Returns it all related to the Christopher Reaves version of the Character, which is nice for some long term fans but confusion for younger folks.

I’ve wanted to check out Hollywoodland which is about Reaves and his ‘suspicious’ suicide but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Don Snabulus said...

A pair of Superman miso bowls would be awesome. Nobody ever has miso bowl prizes in Oregon. Sigh.

Pandabonium said...

Swinebread - Perhaps the character's appeal and longevity is due to the simplicity of it - nothing dark or weird about him, he is just "super".

I haven't read any books, but have checked out some websites that discuss his death and it sure seems likes murder to me. Those damned kryptonite bullets should be banned.

Snabby - what a country!