Adventures of Superman: The Complete First Season, part three


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Superman was doubtless the most popular comic book superhero of his day; out of all of comics, only Batman and Wonder Woman can join him in laying claim to starring in their own title which maintained a regular schedule between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Silver Age, marked by the debut of Barry Allen in Showcase #4. His success on the newsstand led to an incredibly popular radio series, starring Clayton "Bud" Collyer, which ran from 1940 to 1951. It was in this medium that the character's popularity really started to take off. And when radio producer Robert Maxwell took the property to television, the Superman craze reached stratospheric levels. When the series finally went off the air in 1958, Superman had achieved the status of global icon. Yeah, television'll do that.

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