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Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Approved | | Sci-Fi | 20 July 1950 (USA)
Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.


(as Spencer Bennet)


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Columbia's 43rd serial finds Lex Luthor, secretly the Atom Man, blackmailing the city of Metropolis by threatening to destroy the entire community. Perry White, editor of "The Daily Planet", assigns Lois Lane, Jimmy Olson and Clark Kent/Superman to cover the story. Luthor invents a number of deadly devices to plague the city, including a disintegrating machine which can reduce people to their basic atoms and reassemble them in another place. But Superman manages to thwart each scheme. Since Kryptonite can rob Superman of his powers, Luthor decides to create a synthetic Kryptonite and putters about obtaining the necessary ingredients: plutonium, radium and the undefined 'etc.'(in order to keep viewers from trying this at home). Luthor places the Kryptonite at the launching of a ship, with Superman in attendance. He is exposed to the Kryptonite and passes out. Superman is taken off in an ambulance driven by Luthor's henchmen, and he is now under the control of Luthor. Superman is placed... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 July 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Homem Atómico Contra o Super-Homem  »

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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In chapter one the shot of Luthor destroying the bridge is actual footage of "Galloping Gertie" or "Bouncing Betty" at the Tacoma Narrows, Washington, USA. See more »


At the Beginning of Chapter Six, the outline of the hole Superman's about to make in the barn door is already visible. See more »


Edited from Avenging Waters (1936) See more »

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Fondly Remembered Columbia Serial
22 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Spencer Gordon Bennet directed B westerns and scores of movie serials including Batman and Robin before taking the reins of Atom Man Versus Superman which would go on to become one of the highest grossing films of it's kind despite it's flaws. Kirk Alyn returns to the role he made famous in 1948s' Superman to do battle with Lex Luthor (played by legendary character actor Lyle Talbot) who develops a number of scientific deathtraps for the man of steel to overcome including disintegration beams and synthetic kryptonite. Atom Man Versus Superman is so much retro fun you may forgive the charmingly awful special effects. Some elements of Atom Man were recycled decades later for Nuclear Man in the 1987 flop; Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

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