Everyone knows Superman. The first, and the most successful, of all superheroes. Superman has starred in comic books, only God knows how many different books he’s appeared in. He was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Schuster in 1932. His first appearance was in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. His popularity led to appearances in other media. First in newspapers, then on the radio. The Adventures of Superman premiered on February 12, 1940. The radio series was so popular it stayed on the air until 1951. Superman then moved to television starring George Reeves. It ran for six years from 1952 to 1958.
Superman has appeared in movie serials in the 1940s, in a successful series of movies with Christopher Reeve in the last 1970s and 1980s. And he’s appeared in countless animated series, both released in the theater and on television.
But this is Old Time Radio! We want to listen to Superman as he was imagined in 1940. The Adventures of Superman was a 15-minute syndicated serial on New York’s WOR that ran three to five times a week in the late afternoon.
Tonight’s episode is:
“The Baby From Krypton”
Original Air Date:
February 12, 1940
Starring Bud Collyer
I hope you enjoy it and if you want to find out what happens to Superman, go to Old Time Radio Archives and listen to more of the series.
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