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"Yes, it's SUPERMAN!"
In February 1940, the mighty Man of Steel flew into homes and imaginations, courtesy of the airwaves.

Michael J. Hayde tells the true behind-the-scenes story of
radio and television's iconic
and of four men who breathed life into a pen-and-ink creation:

Producers Robert Maxwell and Whitney Ellsworth
Actors Clayton 'Bud' Collyer and George Reeves.

From the very first "up, up and away," follow the story of how
radio and TV's Superman carried us along on his

Bud "Superman" Collyer and Joan "Lois Lane" Alexander in 1942
George "Superman" Reeves and Noel "Lois Lane" Neill in 1955
      FLIGHTS OF FANTASY includes:
* Complete episode guides for radio & TV!
* "Deleted scenes" direct from TV scripts!
* Storylines for two unproduced episodes!
From the Prologue:

All things being equal, Superman likely owes his existence today to these four men, for they operated in the most universal of media: radio and television.  At their peak, comic magazines never reached an audience equal to the lowest-rated radio series, and the only 1930's comic strip characters you'll find in 21st-century newspapers are those that, like Superman, successfully transitioned to other media...  Phrases that characterize the Man of Steel - "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands," etc. - either originated or were popularized on the Superman radio show and carried over to a television version that would define the character for over a quarter-century.  Had Superman on radio failed to capture a mass audience, there would have been no Superman cartoons, no Superman movie serials, no novels, no TV series, no feature film franchise... and the Superman comic books would probably have perished.
LEFT: The earliest newspaper advertisement for the SUPERMAN radio series, February 1940.

BELOW: Directing at last: George Reeves calls the shots and cinematographer Joseph Biroc gets them on film, October 1957.
RIGHT: Clayton 'Bud' Collyer enjoying the adventures of his comic book counterpart, 1946.

: Superman debuts in Los Angeles, February 9, 1953.  Hey Kids: can you stay up until 9:00 p.m. on a school night?
ABOVE: Voiced by members of the radio cast, Max Fleischer's Superman (1941), was considered a bigger draw than the feature!
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George Reeves less than 72 hours before his tragic death.
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"FLIGHTS OF FANTASY" copyright 2009 by Michael J. Hayde. All rights reserved.  Front cover illustration by Randy Garrett.

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