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Superman in the Media

1938--Superman debuts in Action Comics #1 on June 1.

1940--Superman debuts on radio.

1941--Superman makes his first appearance on the big screen in a series of Max Fleischer cartoons for Paramount.

1948--Columbia Pictures releases the first live-action Superman in the form of a 15-episode movie serial called "Superman."

1950--Columbia releases the second Superman serial, "Atom Man vs. Superman."

1951--Superman radio series ends; the first big-screen theatrical Superman movie is released by Lippert Pictures called "Superman and The Mole Men."

1953--"The Adventures of Superman" finally appears on television.

1957--"The Adventures of Superman" is cancelled after seven years of filming.

1966--Filmation and CBS introduce a second animated series, "The New Adventures Of Superman." A Broadway musical version of Superman called "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman" makes its debut.

1969--Final Filmation/CBS "New Adventures Of Superman" airs in September.

1973--Hanna-Barbera and ABC premiere "The Superfriends" cartoon series.

1975--An ABC-TV special based on the Broadway musical "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman" airs.

1978--"Superman: The Movie" is released, starring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, and Christopher Reeve; it receives two Academy Award nominations while winning one for Best Visual Effects, and goes on to gross $80 million dollars, making it the highest-grossing film in Warner Bros. history up to that time.

 

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Superman debuted in an earlier edition of "Action Comics"

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"Superman Comics," No. 31
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Superman's cape worn by Christopher Reeve in "walking scenes" of the 1987 movie "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace."
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Superman movie poster


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