Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway

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About the Book

First introduced in a 1938 comic book, Superman has since become an iconic character in American entertainment. This complete history covers Superman’s appearances in film and television, from the 1941 introduction of the first Superman cartoon to the 2006 live-action film Superman Returns. The book includes several rarely seen photographs of the actors who have brought Superman to life for over seven decades, including Clayton “Bud” Collyer, Kirk Alyn, George Reeves and Christopher Reeve. Multiple appendices provide a complete listing of Superman-related books and websites, along with a comprehensive list of the cast and characters featured in Superman films, television shows, and radio programs since 1941.

About the Author(s)

Film historian, documentary writer and producer Bruce Scivally lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Bruce Scivally
Format: hardcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3166-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0076-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. Siegel and Shuster Create a Legend      5

2. Superman on the Air      16

3. Superman Paramount      24

4. A Job for Kirk Alyn      29

5. Superman Comes to Television      45

6. The Middle Years      62

7. You’ll Believe a Man Can Fly      76

8. Echoes of the Past      110

9. Lois & Clark      121

10. Superman Wings It to the WB      135

11. Smallville      141

12. And Now a Word from Superman      159

13. Reviving Superman      166

Afterword      190

Appendix I: Superman Books      191

Appendix II: Superman-Related Websites      193

Appendix III: Superman Cast      194

Chapter Notes      197

Bibliography      217

Index      225

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensive…detail is numbing…thorough…excellent…value…enthusiastically endorsed”—Library Journal; “riveting media history…covers every movie, radio, film and Broadway incarnation of Superman, with full accounts of how the people who created or starred in them got involved with the project”—Big Reel; “a terrific book”—Cinema Retro; “quite comprehensive; something Superman aficionados will certainly appreciate”—Script Magazine; “complete…chronicles the men who have portrayed Supeman…as well as the behind-the-scenes struggles to bring the superhero to life in cartoons, serials, TV programs, movies and on the Broadway stage”—The Huntsville Times; “meticulous”—American Profile; “the story behind the various Superman films and television shows, as well as the 1966 Broadway musical, ‘It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman’”—Pioneer Press.