The Adventures of Superman (radio series)

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The Adventures of Superman is a long-running radio serial that originally aired from 1940 to 1951 featuring the DC Comics character Superman.wikipedia
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Mutual Broadcasting System

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On Mutual, it was broadcast from August 31, 1942, to February 4, 1949, as a 15-minute serial, running three or, usually, five times a week.
In the golden age of U.S. radio drama, Mutual was best known as the original network home of The Lone Ranger and The Adventures of Superman and as the long-time radio residence of The Shadow.

Superman

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The Adventures of Superman is a long-running radio serial that originally aired from 1940 to 1951 featuring the DC Comics character Superman.
The first adaptation of Superman beyond comic books was a radio show, The Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1940 to 1951 for 2,088 episodes, most of which were aimed at children.

Bud Collyer

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When Superman was first heard on radio less than two years after the comic book appearance, the character took on an added dimension with Bud Collyer in the title role.
Collyer's best-remembered radio starring role began in early 1940 in The Adventures of Superman on the Mutual Broadcasting System, a role he also performed in the subsequent Superman cartoons.

Kryptonite

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This serial introduced the fictional mineral kryptonite, the radiation from which can weaken and even (in some continuities) kill Superman.
The mineral known as kryptonite was introduced in the radio serial The Adventures of Superman, in the story "The Meteor from Krypton", broadcast in June 1943.

Jackson Beck

That well-known signature opening, one of the most famous in radio history, was delivered by Jackson Beck, the announcer-narrator for the program from 1943 to 1950.
Jackson Beck (July 23, 1912 – July 28, 2004) was an American actor best known as the announcer on radio's The Adventures of Superman and the voice of Bluto in the Famous era Popeye theatrical shorts.

Perry White

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Decades later, Beck portrayed Perry White, Clark Kent's boss, in Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman (1966–70), in addition to serving as the show's narrator.
The character Perry White was created for the radio serial The Adventures of Superman, voiced by actor Julian Noa.

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The Adventures of Superman is a long-running radio serial that originally aired from 1940 to 1951 featuring the DC Comics character Superman.
Many Australian serials and "soapies" were copies of American originals (e.g., the popular soap Portia Faces Life or the adventure series Superman, which featured future Australian TV star Leonard Teale in the title role), although these were typically locally produced and performed live to air, since the technology of the time did not permit high-quality pre-recording or duplication of programs for import or export.

Kellogg's

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During World War II and the post-war years, the juvenile adventure radio serial, sponsored by Kellogg's Pep, was a huge success, with many listeners following the quest for "truth and justice" in the daily radio broadcasts, the comic book stories and the newspaper comic strip.
Pep: Best remembered as the sponsor of the Superman radio serial.

The New Adventures of Superman (TV series)

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Decades later, Beck portrayed Perry White, Clark Kent's boss, in Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman (1966–70), in addition to serving as the show's narrator.
and "This is a job for Superman!" were also borrowed from both the comics and the original Superman radio series.

Jimmy Olsen

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Many aspects associated with Superman, such as kryptonite, originated on radio, as did certain characters, including Daily Planet editor Perry White, copy boy Jimmy Olsen and police inspector Bill Henderson.
The character was first introduced as Jimmy Olsen in the radio show The Adventures of Superman on April 15, 1940 in the episode "Donelli’s Protection Racket", mainly "so the Man of Steel would have someone to talk to".

Robert Maxwell (producer)

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The scripts by B. P. Freeman and Jack Johnstone were directed by Robert and Jessica Maxwell, George Lowther, Allen Ducovny and Mitchell Grayson.
He was one of the producers (and a writer and director) of The Adventures of Superman radio show and a producer of several TV series, including the early episodes of both Adventures of Superman (1951–1954) and Lassie (1954–1957; executive producer 1957-1958).

Krypton (comics)

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''"Yes, it's Superman—strange visitor from the planet Krypton who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, race a speeding bullet to its target, 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 and justice."''
The first non-comics version of Krypton was presented in the debut storyline of the 1940s Superman radio series.

Joan Alexander

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Joan Alexander (born Louise Abrass; April 16, 1915 – May 21, 2009) was an American actress known for her role as Lois Lane on the radio serial The Adventures of Superman and the animated films the Fleischer Superman cartoons.

Adventures of Superman (TV series)

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By then, producer Robert Maxwell was actively preparing Adventures of Superman for television.
The series discontinued production, however, and remained unaired until September 1952, when cereal manufacturer Kellogg's agreed to sponsor the show, as the company had previously done with the Superman radio series.

Alfred Bester

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Rolly Bester
Rolly Bester was a Broadway, radio and television actress, originating the role of Lois Lane on the radio program The Adventures of Superman.

Jack Grimes (actor)

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Jack Grimes (April 1, 1926 – March 10, 2009) was an American voice and radio actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the last three years of The Adventures of Superman radio program, the 1966 Filmation TV series The New Adventures of Superman, and is also known for his performance on the 1967 anime Speed Racer.

Jackie Kelk

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He is best known for portraying the role of Homer Brown on the radio series The Aldrich Family and as the original voice of Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman.

Clark Kent

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Decades later, Beck portrayed Perry White, Clark Kent's boss, in Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman (1966–70), in addition to serving as the show's narrator.
In the early Adventures of Superman radio episodes, Kal-El landed on Earth as an adult.

Stacy Harris

At other times, Batman (Stacy Harris) and Robin (Ronald Liss) appeared on the program in Superman's absence.
His other roles in radio programs included Batman in The Adventures of Superman, and Ted Blades in The Strange Romance of Evelyn Winters.

Batman

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On Superman episodes featuring Batman, he played Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
While Batman never had a radio series of his own, the character made occasional guest appearances in The Adventures of Superman starting in 1945 on occasions when Superman voice actor Bud Collyer needed time off.

Stetson Kennedy

In 1946, the series delivered a powerful blow against the Ku Klux Klan's prospects in the northern US. The human rights activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK and other racist/terrorist groups.
He is best known for infiltrating the Georgia Ku Klux Klan and exposing their secrets on the popular children's radio program The Adventures of Superman, trivializing their rituals.

Inspector Henderson

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Inspector Henderson:
Inspector Henderson is a police inspector who first appeared in the 1940s radio series The Adventures of Superman, in which he was Superman's police contact.

Ku Klux Klan

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In 1946, the series delivered a powerful blow against the Ku Klux Klan's prospects in the northern US. The human rights activist Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the KKK and other racist/terrorist groups.
He also provided secret code words to the writers of the Superman radio program, resulting in episodes in which Superman took on the KKK.

Michael Fitzmaurice (actor)

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On June 5, 1950, he took over the title role on ABC's The Adventures of Superman, providing voices for both Clark Kent and Superman until the series came to an end.

Lois Lane

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Lois Lane:
In the 1940s radio serial The Adventures of Superman (1940-1951), Rolly Bester first voiced Lois Lane, followed by Helen Choate.