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The Adventures of Superboy (1961)

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Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's... See full summary »

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John Rockwell ...
Superboy / Clark Kent (as Johnny Rockwell)
Bunny Henning ...
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Mr. Drake
Monty Margetts
Charles Maxwell
Robert Williams ...
Police Chief Parker
Richard Reeves ...
Shifty
Yvonne White
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Jake
Jimmy Bates
Ray Walker ...
Theater Manager
True Ellison ...
Donna (as Trudy Ellison)
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Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's father's help. Written by Philip R. Frey <rhindle@hotmail.com>

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This pilot is an adaptation of the story "The Saddest Boy in Smallville," which was published in issue 88 of Superboy comics, cover date April 1961. The story was written by Leo Dorfman and illustrated by George Papp. See more »

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Referenced in Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman (2006) See more »

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Frugal Pilot, True to its Source and Times
13 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The notion of making any more episodes of the TV series THE ADVENTURES of SUPERMAN ended with the death of series Star, George Reeves, in the summer of 1959. The copyright owner of the Superman empire (which had included comic books,newspaper strip,radio show, movie serials,feature films, animated cartoons as well as all sorts of merchandising)came up with this pilot for a TV series featuring "the Adventures of Superman,when he was a boy"! The idea had done well in the comic books,so why not on the small screen?

Apparently the publisher, NATIONAL COMICS(ALSO KNOWN AS DC COMICS) had leaked out this info, as it was soon reported in the TV sections of the daily newspapers. They even mentioned it in the letter columns of their comics and sent a mailing(post card) to readers that they should watch for Superboy on Television.

The series never materialized. It's unfortunate that it did not. After having viewed the Pilot film one finds a decent, family oriented story which was not ashamed to endorse an ethical and law abiding way of life. In short,although it featured the presence of the young Superman, it was a story that could be anyone's story happening anywhere. It was at least as good as so much of the series Television that was around in 1961.


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