Saturday, January 5, 2013

Coming Attractions

Nearly 10 years after his debut in Action Comics #1, Superman made his first live-action appearance in an eponymous 15-chapter serial from Columbia Pictures that was released on this date in 1948. Produced by Sam Katzman and directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and Thomas Carr, the series features Kirk Alyn (Clark Kent*), Noel Neill (Lois Lane), Tommy Bond (Jimmy Olsen), and Carol Forman (Spider Lady). Because Superman’s flight sequences involved animation instead of special effects, the hero often lands behind other objects due to the difficulty of switching back to a live shot of the Man of Steel.

*Alyn was not credited for his portrayal of Superman because the studio felt that audiences should not know who actually played the part.

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