Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors:

(as Spencer Bennet),

Writers:

(adaptation), (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Lyle Talbot
Superman (TV Series 1988)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Man of Steel fights evil in the city of Metropolis and beyond

Stars: Beau Weaver, Ginny McSwain, Mark L. Taylor
Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the eyes of most Superman fans, this series consisted of four seasons. Season 1 (1966-1967) was a 30 minute show featuring two Superman segments sandwiched around one Superboy story. ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck
Batman (1943)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish
Super Friends (1973–2011)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The greatest of the DC Comics superheroes work together to uphold the good with the help of some young proteges.

Stars: Sherry Alberoni, Norman Alden, Danny Dark
Super Friends (1980–1983)
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The world's most popular team of DC Comics Super Heroes continue to battle their comic book foes as well as non comic book threats in shorter length episodes. There were three short 7 ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Dark, Olan Soule, Michael Bell
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Stars: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Batman, Robin and Batgirl fight crime in Gotham City with the "help" of Batmite.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Melendy Britt
Hulk (TV Series 1966)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The adventures of a nuclear scientist cursed with the tendency to turning into a huge green brute under stress.

Stars: Peg Dixon, Max Ferguson, Paul Soles
Superboy (1988–1992)
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The adventures of the Man of Steel in his teenage years.

Stars: Stacy Haiduk, Gerard Christopher, Peter Jay Fernandez
Action | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Justice League of America now battle against the forces of the evil New God Darkseid with the addition of Firestorm, the Nuclear Man.

Stars: Constance Cawlfield, Danny Dark, Mark L. Taylor
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a boy is given the power to become an adult superhero with a single magic word.

Directors: John English, William Witney
Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Tommy Bond ...
Carol Forman ...
George Meeker ...
Jack Ingram ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Terry Frost ...
Brock
...
Conrad [Chs. 6-15]
Charles Quigley ...
Hackett [Chs. 6-15]
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Graham [Chs. 3, 9-11, 13-15]
...
Leeds [Chs. 3-4]
Stephen Carr ...
Morgan [Chs. 3-4]
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Elton [Chs. 7-15]
Edit

Storyline

Jor-El (Nelson Leigh), a scientist on the planet Krypton rockets his infant son to Earth just before Krypton explodes. The boy is found on Earth by a farmer, Eben Kent (Ed Cassidy) and his wife, Martha (Virginia Carroll) and they name him Clark Kent (Kirk Alyn). When Clark grows up, his foster father asks him to use his amazing super powers only for good. The mild-mannered Clark gets a job on the Daily Planet as a reporter, and soon, as his alter-ego Superman (Kirk Alyn'), and soon tangles with The Spider Lady (Carol Forman), who considers herself Queen of the Underworld. Meanwhile, a fragment from the planet Krypton reaches earth and falls in her possession. It is the only substance that can render Superman helpless. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Introducing SUPERMAN'S most sinister foe...the exotic SPIDER LADY! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Superman  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In Superman (1978), Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill have cameos as the parents of Lois Lane, in a train that is being passed by a running, teenage Clark Kent. See more »

Goofs

At the end of chapter 11 and the beginning of chapter 12, a faint "Columbia" sign is visible on the door of the villains' truck as it stops on the road. See more »

Quotes

Perry White: [gruffly] What do you want?
Superman: [as Clark Kent] Uh... a job.
Perry White: [sarcasticly] Any special kind? Or would mine do?
Superman: Well, I would like to be a reporter. I haven't had any experience in writing, but... uh...
Perry White: That should help.
Superman: Well, I have other qualifications that might be valuable.
See more »

Connections

Version of Superman (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
There Was a Time You Really Could Believe In Heroes
1 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There's a lovely story that Columbia Pictures and producer Sam Katzman credited Kirk Alyn as Clark Kent but spread the word that Superman would be appearing as himself in this 15 part black and white serial. Ah, those were the days; when children believed in superheroes and the classic format of movie serial was still in fashion. This first live action Superman adventure tells the story of Jor-El saving his son from the destruction of planet Krypton and how that child came to be in the care of the Kents before his adult years living in Metropolis. Clark Kent/Superman faces off against the evil Spider Lady leading to one thrilling cliffhanger after another. The flying sequences were achieved by blending animations similar to the Fleischer Superman cartoons into the live action material. A must see for hardcore fans of the iconic Man of Steel.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite Supermans? kingplanet
No credit for Kirk Alyn? vaneyck
You could tell Kirk Alyn was none to excited about the role. Forgotten_Hero
Narrator/Voiceover rabb_eye
was this the series that aired on Nick At Nite in the 80s? bassheadboy
THAT was the ending!? Forgotten_Hero
Discuss Superman (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?