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In 1952 Superman flew right into the hearts and minds of the American TV audience faster than a speeding bullet. Though
most people were already familiar with man of steel through his comic books, as well as the popular radio show, it was
the new medium's Adventures of Superman that transformed our resident Kryptonian into a timeless icon. For many young
baby boomers, Superman was the ultimate symbol of truth, justice and the American way. After watching this nostalgic
trip back in time it is easy to see why: George Reeves. Reeves is the quintessential Superman. He is kind, confident,
smart, always does the right thing and can literally do anything physically. Even Reeves' Clark Kent is cool, even
cocky without any of the trademarked shy, clumsy and hickish traits the character has developed over the years. And then
there's Phyllis Coates as the Lois Lane. Coates portrayal of Lois is surprisingly one of the stronger female roles in
'50s television. She is one tough cookie able to stand her ground against criminals, fight off bad guys and is not
afraid to outwardly express herself. Sadly, Phyllis Coates would be replaced by Noel Neill in subsequent seasons.
Adventures of Superman also stands the test of time well as one of the best shows from the early days of television. A
lot of it has to do with how the writers, producers and actors approached the making of the show. This first season, as
well as the second, were made as if they were making a serious show suitable for kids and adults. Instead of being a
kids' comic book show, the episodes have a strong "mini-serial-crime-movie" feel, are very story driven and include
loads of elements from the popular film noir style of the 1950s. This is evident in such classic episodes such as the
season opener "Superman on Earth," "The Stolen Costume" where Superman has his costume stolen by a burglar, and the
tense horror-noir "The Haunted Lighthouse." Also included on this DVD set is the 1951 theatrical release Superman and
The Mole Men which later became the televised two-part episode "The Unknown People." --Rob Bracco