A Timeline History of Superman: Part 2 Comments - Mania.com


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monkeyfoot 6/11/2013 6:48:23 AM

Tim, you are doing a great job with this series! Lots of fun reading.

Why was it the SupermanAquaman hour? How did Aqua rate above even Bats as the main team-up guy for Supes? Damn he had a great agent! "I'm sorry. My client Arthur Curry will take nothing less than side by side billing with Kal-EL. And his dressing room has to be the same size. Only it has to be a fish tank."

On the Adventures of Superman TV series the famous narration over the opening is said by an actor named Bill Kennedy. Growing up in the Detroit area, as a kid I watched him host a movie show on local TV. His Hollywood career never brought him fame but he did small parts with the likes of Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and Cary Grant. One thing he always bragged about was doing the voiceover for Superman.

tjanson 6/11/2013 7:20:18 AM

Monkey Thanks!  I am a lifelong resident of the Detroit area myself and also remember Bill Kennedy hosting movies every afternoon.  He was a cantankerous old coot for sure!  I too have always wondered how aquaman not only leap frogged Batman but also seemingly other more wll known heroes like Green Lantern or the Flash.  I would bet though it had something to do perhaps with animating him being easier to do than perhaps other characters.  I'm not sure b ut Filmation was a very low budget studio and known for cutting corners.  I remember reading about how they even got the contract to do Superman.  They literally only had a couple of guys working for them...when DC..I think Julius Schwartz came to visit their studio, they brought in a bunch of animators and artists and sat them at tables and had them look busy to give the impression that the Studio was much bigger than it really was.

HomestarRunner 6/11/2013 7:27:06 AM

I wonder how long The Adventures of Superman would've went on had Reeves not died.

anonymous 6/11/2013 8:32:00 AM

Homestar...actually the Producers tried to continue the show without him.  They wanted to keep it going while focusing on Lois and Jimmy Olsen and using stock footage of Reeves.  Jack Larson wisely considered it to be in very poor taste considering what happened to Reeves and he nixed the idea.

EyeofHarmony 6/11/2013 3:57:55 PM

 By the end of its run, the plot lines of the Adventures of Superman had become just plain awful.  The show was targeted to kiddies, whereas the earlier shows were more adult in nature.  If I recall, one of the last shows involved a little green man from Mars named Mr. Zero, who could freeze people by pointing his finger at them. Being naive, he was fooled into helping criminals pull off crimes. The crooks had convinced him that he was actually doing good deeds.

samson 6/11/2013 5:17:23 PM

 I see The D is well represented here in the Maniaverse. Bill Kennedy is probably the reason I have such a strong appreciation for all those old black and white films.  

Was the George Reeve Superman program on Channel 20 or 50?

DaForce1 6/11/2013 10:13:56 PM

 I still have in my possession a movie handout from the the 1978 movie. They used to give these pamphlets out in the lobby of the really big movies at the time. Big, glossy pages with stills from the movie and a fairly long write up about Superman and the production of the movie. I was a kid when that movie came out, and somehow I managed to keep that booklet in fairly good condition over the years. Of course, that survived a move while my original X-Wing Fighter, Luke, Obi-Wan, and Vader (all with the lightsabers in arm) disappeared. Thanks, mom.



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