It's Superman, Strange Visitor from Another Planet
George Reeves flew into our homes and hearts in 1952 with "The Adventures of Superman."
More Powerful Than a Locomotive
The original Man of Steel gives trouble-prone Jimmy Olsen a helping hand.
Superman & Lois Lane Forever
Phyllis Coates, an old vaudeville showgirl, played lovely Lois in the first season. Hardly anyone remembers her.
After Coates left, Noel Neill replaced her as Lois Lane. And every young boy watching immediately fell in love with her.
Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego, worked at the "Daily Planet." Remember, this was back when they had this thing called "newspapers."
Jack Larson played cub reporter, Jimmy Olsen. After the show was cancelled, he never worked as an actor again.
Even Superman Needs a Coffee Break
Noel Neill and George Reeves look over the day's script on the California Studios lot. And no CGI was used in the taking of this photograph.
Superman's first costume was actually brown, gray, and white, so it would photograph appropriately on black and white film.
With Flying Colors
For the third season, producers decided to shoot the show in color, a bold move in television at the time.
Fighting a Never Ending Battle
Criminals were primarily broad, undeveloped characters who generally got their asses kicked by you know who.
Gotta Give Him Props
Reeves, always in character, chats with the prop master on the RKO lot.
Give Us A Raise
Cast regulars were initially paid $200 an episode until they fought for a $50 raise. This is just one of the reasons why the '50s kinda sucked.
Look! Up in the Sky!
After Reeves suffered a concussion when a faulty wire snapped, the producer's switched to a springboard to create the famous flying illusion.
Great Caesar's Ghost
John Hamilton played Perry White, Clark Kent's no-nonsense editor at the "Daily Planet." And don't call him "Chief!"
The exteriors of the first season were shot on a RKO backlot, which was later used in "The Andy Griffith Show."
Breakfast of Superheroes
Kellogg's was the show's official sponsor and during the second season, Reeves and Hamilton appeared in a commercial for some extra cash.
Lucy, I'm Home!
Reeves appeared as Superman on an episode of "I Love Lucy," which, at the time, was the equivalent of hosting "Saturday Night Live."
No Longer Able to Leap Tall Buildings
In the final season, Reeves directed two episodes, hoping to recharge the floundering show. But even Superman couldn't save it from cancellation in 1958.
The Curse of Superman
After the show was cancelled, producers planned to revamp it for two more seasons. That idea was scuttled with the sudden death of George Reeves.
In 2006, Ben Affleck portrayed Reeves in "Hollywoodland," a docudrama fictionalizing his mysterious demise.
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Major stars whose performances landed on the cutting room floor
Long-running shows that went out with a bang
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Mannequins who came to life on the big screen
On screen, he was the epitome of elegance, but his real life didn’t match what you saw in the movies