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.