Thursday, February 20, 2014

Superkid: Joaquin Phoenix dreams he is Superboy

Superboy: TV Series

Superboy - The Complete First Season

I will keep this brief. I tried to watch 1st episode. For years this was impossible. I do not know how I missed this one, except maybe because 1988-1992 I was very busy with school etc. Then legal battles over owner ship of the creative properties and characters kept the videos out of publication. The complete 4 season series was recently released....

WOW This has to be the worst incarnation of the Superman world. 'Nuff Said...

I will wait for YOUTUBER to post for free as I love to watch the bad stuff... Many sleepless nights watching bad movies etc But I cannot justify this curiosity for any amount of coinage...

Superboy is a half-hour live-action television series based on the fictionalDC Comics comic book character Kal-El's early years as Superboy. The show ran from 1988–1992 in syndication. It was renamed The Adventures of Superboy at the start of the third season.[4]

The Superboy series was brought to the screen by executive producers Ilyaand Alexander Salkind, the producers of the first three Superman movies and the 1984 Supergirl movie.[5] This series and the release of the 1988Superman animated series on CBS coincided with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Superman character that year. Ironically, the series came about a year after DC Comics had "erased" the character of Superboyfrom their continuity in The Man of Steel reboot by John Byrne. Nevertheless, the show went on in October 1988 with John Haymes Newtonplaying the lead role of Superboy/Clark Kent, along with Stacy Haiduk as love interest Lana Lang and Jim Calvert as Clark's college roommate T.J. White.


Season 1

Seasons 2-4

1950 Superman Serial

Not as good as the 1948 version. Far from being the best. Although I thought interesting note - small part of henchman played by Wally West but no relation to kid Flash LOL



Lex Luthor, the Atom Man, invents a number of deadly devices to plague the city, including a disintegrating machine which can reduce people to their basic atoms and reassemble them in another place. But Supermanmanages to thwart each scheme. Since Kryptonite can rob Superman of his powers, Luthor decides to create a synthetic Kryptonite and putters about obtaining the necessary ingredients: plutonium, radium and the undefined 'etc.' Luthor places the Kryptonite at the launching of a ship, with Superman in attendance. He is exposed to the Kryptonite and passes out. Superman is taken off in an ambulance driven by Luthor's henchmen, and he is now under the control of Luthor. Superman is placed in a device, a lever is pulled, and the Man of Steel vanishes into "The Empty Doom" (which bears a similarity to the Phantom Zone of the comic books). Most of chapter 7 is a repeat of the origin story from chapter 1 of Columbia's first "Superman" serial, and this serial also finds a way to work in stock footage from Ken Maynard's 1936 Avenging Waters (also directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet[1]). The serial features several elements re-used in laterSuperman features: the Man of Steel is exposed to synthetic Kryptoniteduring a public function, as he is in the motion picture Superman III. When he escapes from "The Empty Doom", the headline of the Daily Planetproclaims: Superman Returns, the title of the 2006 Superman movie.


  • Kirk Alyn as Superman/Clark Kent
  • Noel Neill as Lois Lane
  • Lyle Talbot as Lex Luthor/The Atom Man
  • Tommy Bond as Jimmy Olsen
  • Pierre Watkin as Perry White
  • Jack Ingram as Foster (dapper henchman)
  • Don C. Harvey as Albor (lab henchman)
  • Rusty Wescoatt as Carl (beefy henchman)
  • Terry Frost as Baer (medium henchman)
  • Wally West as Henchman Dorr
  • Paul Stader as 'Killer' Lawson
  • George Robotham as Earl, TV truck cameraman-driver

Superman: Doomsday LIVE ACTION Fan Film

This is ridiculous snips of various movies and video games and maybe a little original footage to creat illusion of new movie... Decent Editing though. A die hard fan might like....

Superman vs. Thor Live-Action Brawl

FAN FILM Not too shabby....

NEW SUPERMAN MOVIE HD "The Serial" Re-edited by fan

Superman - Evolution [1948 - 2013]

"KIRK ALYN - The First Superman" - (1948 to 1950)

1940s Max Fleischer Superman - All 17 episodes and review

Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942 BUY FULL DVD set at AMAZON

If you have not seen these, take some time and hit play. Save some time skipping the same opening sequence over and over. Each episode is about 6-7 minutes. Although listen to the opening sequence at least once. My favorite of all the TV/Serial Live action or animated before 1990.

"THE JEWELS" So basically most of the episodes feature Mad Scientists committing robberies and destruction. A few harken the WW2 times with German and Japanese stories. My favorite may be Episode 5 with a giant dinosaur. A 1990s Superman episode pays tribute when Luthor brings a Museum T-REX robot to life. But this episode is pre-Godzilla.

TRIVIA - Episode One was nominated for BEST ANIMATED SHORT Oscar. Lost to Disney's Pluto, but I challenge you to find better work of the time...



Superman (1940s cartoons)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The title card from the first Superman animated short produced by Fleischer Studios.
The Fleischer & Famous Superman cartoons are a series of seventeen animatedTechnicolor short filmsreleased by Paramount Pictures and based upon thecomic book characterSuperman.
The pilot and first eight shorts were produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942, while the final eight were produced by Famous Studios, a successor company to Fleischer Studios, from 1942 to 1943. Superman was the final animated series initiated under Fleischer Studios, before Famous Studios officially took over production in May 1942.[1]
Although all entries are in the public domain,[2] ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Animation. Warner has owned Supermanpublisher DC Comics since 1969.

1948 Superman Serial

Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942

Full Movie from YOUTUBE

For 1948, special effects are not horrible. I half expect a lizard to crawl out of volcano, as it looks like a 1950 monster film. The corporate board room of Krypton is funny to me. But this has to be the earliest origin story i have seen. And once you get into the serial, with adult Superman, many of the sequences look like 1950s TV show with moments of Max Fleischers Animated sequences for flying.

Interesting, Mr Kent says "You must use these powers for TRUTH, TOLERANCE, and JUSTICE." I have never heard "Tolerance" in the famous mantra before, but cool to see at such an early time. 1940s America was far from being the beacon of Tolerance for many. 


Superman (1948) is a 15-part black-and-white Columbia film serial based on the comic book character Superman. It stars an uncredited Kirk Alyn(billed only by his character name, Superman; but credited on the promotional posters) and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. Like Batman, it is notable as the first live-action appearance of Superman on film and for the longevity of its distribution. The serial was directed by Thomas Carr, who later directed many early episodes of the Adventures of Supermantelevision show, and Spencer Gordon Bennet, produced by Sam Katzmanand shot in and around Los Angeles, California. It was originally screened at movie matinĂ©es and after the first three scene-setting chapters, every episode ends in a cliffhanger. The Superman-in-flight scenes are animations, in part due to the small production budget.

Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Thomas Carr
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byLewis Clay
Royal K. Cole
Arthur Hoerl
George H. Plympton
Joseph F. Poland
Based onCharacters
by Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
StarringKirk Alyn (uncredited)
Noel Neill
Carol Forman
Tommy Bond
Forrest Taylor
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Editing byEarl C. Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 5, 1948(United States)
Running time15 chapters (244 minutes)
Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942

1943 Batman Serial

Batman is a 15-chapter serial, released in 1943 by Columbia Pictures. The serial starred Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin. J. Carrol Naish played the villain, an original character named Dr. Daka. Rounding out the cast were Shirley Patterson as Linda Page (Bruce Wayne's love interest), and William Austin as Alfred the butler. The plot involved Batman—as a U.S. government agent—attempting to defeat the Japanese agent Dr. Daka, at the height of World War II.
The film is notable for being the first filmed appearance of Batman, and for debuting story details that became permanent parts of the Batmanmythos. It introduced "The Bat's Cave", and its secret entrance through agrandfather clock inside Wayne Manor. Both departures subsequently appeared in the comics. The serial also changed the course of how Alfred Pennyworth's physical appearance would be depicted in later Batmanworks. At the time it was released in theaters, Alfred was overweight in Batman comics. After William Austin's portrayal in these chapter plays, subsequent issues of the comics portrayed him as Austin had: trim, and sporting a thin mustache. The serial was commercially successful, and spawned another, Batman and Robin, in 1949. It was re-released in 1965. The re-released version, called An Evening with Batman and Robin, proved very popular, and its success inspired the intentionally campy Batmantelevision series (and its 1966 theatrical feature film spin-off) starring Adam West and Burt Ward.


Batman and Robin struggle against Dr. Daka, a Japanese scientist and agent of Hirohito who has invented a device that turns people into pseudo-zombies, and has a base in a Funhouse of horrors, in a Japanese area of the city. Daka makes several attempts to defeat the Dynamic Duo before finally falling to his death when Robin hits the wrong switch, opening a trapdoor to a pit of crocodiles.


1942 Serial: Spy Smasher

One has to remember watching these, they were made a long time ago for 12 year old boys. That being said, this is a great watch. Maybe the best I have seen from the movie serials... Historical context, it is these serials that lead to TV versions of our favorite heroes...
Spy Smasher (1942) is a Republic movie serial based on the Fawcett Comics character Spy Smasher. It was the 25th of the 66 serials produced by Republic. The serial was directed by William Witney with Kane Richmond and Marguerite Chapman as the leads. This serial was Chapman's big break into a career in movies and television. Spy Smasheris a very highly regarded serial. In 1966, a television movie was made from the serial footage under the title Spy Smasher Returns.


  • Kane Richmond as Spy Smasher, his secret identity Alan Armstrong and his twin brother Jack. The twin brother was added by Republic but other characters, including Admiral Corby, his daughter Eve and the villain The Mask, are all from the original comic.[2]
  • Marguerite Chapman as Eve Corby, Admiral Corby's daughter and Jack Armstrong's fiance.
  • Sam Flint as Admiral Corby
  • Hans Schumm as The Mask. The Nazi villain of the serial "appeared just as often without the disguise as with it, the only purpose of the mask seemed to be to make him familiar to comic book fans."[2]
  • Tris Coffin as Drake, The Mask's spearhead heavy. Drake is a reporter working for the Ocean-wide Television Network. One of his espionage techniques was to leave the camera rolling after an interview inside Admiral Corby's office or a report from a crime scene. The broadcast was then picked up by the Mask in his submarine ("and presumably [by] the sets of any home viewer tuned into the proper channel").[2]

1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel - Full Movie All 12 of 12 episodes

One has to put things into context. Compared to today's movies and animations, many may have a hard time sitting through this 12-episode serial. For the young folks reading this, back in the day, before TV and the early days of Film, there would be news reels form the wars, animated shorts form Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, and Super Hero serials like this one.

If you have seen a lot of these, you might recognize this one being better than most. And some how this feels more like what became the 1950s TV Superman style. In this version Billy is a little older than most, working as a reporter.
Adventures of Captain Marvel is a 1941 twelve-chapter film serial directed by John English and William Witney for Republic Pictures, adapted from the popular Captain Marvel comic book character then appearing in Fawcett Comics publications such as Whiz Comics and Captain Marvel Adventures. It starred Tom Tyler in the title role of Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan, Jr. as his alter ego, Billy Batson.
This serial was the twenty-first of the sixty-six serials produced by Republic and their first comic book adaptation, not counting comic strips. The serial featured an adaptation of the Fawcett Comics superhero, placed within an original story. He fights a masked criminal mastermind called The Scorpion who is determined to gain control of a powerful weapon disguised as a scorpion figurine.

Stamp Day for Superman 1954 Short Film

Stamp Day for Superman is a 1954 black-and-white short film starring George Reeves as Superman and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. It was produced by Superman Inc. for the United States Department of the Treasury to promote the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds. Never shown theatrically, it was distributed to schools as a means of educating children about the program.
Due to its nature as a government film, Stamp Day for Superman is in thepublic domain and can often be found on inexpensive DVD sets. Warner Bros. also released the film as part of the Adventures of Superman Season 2 DVD set.

Clark Kent and Lois Lane, out for a stroll, discover a jewelry robbery in progress. Lois gets a good look at one of the burglars. Later Clark and Jimmy Olsen visit Jimmy's old school to discuss Superman's visit there to promote the U.S. Treasury Department's Savings Stamp program. In the meantime, Lois is captured by Blinky, the jewelry burglar she spotted. When Lois doesn't show up to join Clark and Jimmy, Clark realizes she's in trouble and arranges for Superman to save the day and still make his appearance at the school's Stamp Day.

George Reeves...
Noel Neill...
Jack Larson...
John Hamilton...
Tristram Coffin...
Billy Nelson...