Adventures of Superman: Season 1, Episode 1

Superman on Earth (19 Sep. 1952)

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Jor-El, Krypton's leading scientist, sends his infant son to Earth in a rocket just as the planet explodes. The rocket is found by Eben and Sarah Kent and Eben gets the infant out before ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Phyllis Coates ...
John Hamilton ...
Ross Elliott ...
Jor-El (scenes deleted)
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Stuart Randall ...
Aline Towne ...
Frances Morris ...
Danni Sue Nolan ...
Miss Bachrach (as Dani Nolan)


Jor-El, Krypton's leading scientist, sends his infant son to Earth in a rocket just as the planet explodes. The rocket is found by Eben and Sarah Kent and Eben gets the infant out before the craft explodes. They raise the child as their own. Years later, after Eben's death and now aware of his super powers, Clark Kent moves to Metropolis. Sarah has made a costume for him, and she tells him that he must use his powers for good. Superman makes his debut saving a man falling from a blimp. As Clark, he hustles the man to the Daily Planet, which scores a scoop. This convinces editor Perry White to hire Clark. Written by Bill Koenig

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19 September 1952 (USA)  »

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The costumes worn in the planet Krypton sequences were cannibalized from ones used in 1940s serials that were comic strip and comic book adaptations. The costume pf Jor-El, Superman's father, is the same one that Buster Crabbe wore in the serial Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). Other Kryptonians wore parts of the costumes of Captain Marvel (from Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)) and Captain America (from Captain America (1944)), among others. See more »


Before Clark leaves to go to Metropolis, his mother is telling him that the suit she made for him is from the red and blue blanket that he was wrapped up in when he arrived and that nothing can destroy it. Considering that acid and other things are more damaging than a pair of scissors and some needle and thread, she shouldn't have been able to turn the blanket into an outfit for him. See more »


[Jimmy, Lois, and a photographer drive to a location where a man is hanging on a blimp, his life being in danger]
Lois Lane: Step on it, Jim.
Jimmy Olsen: The speed limit's 35, Miss Lane. I don't wanna get a ticket.
Lois Lane: You're right.
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Crazy Credits

Ross Elliott is listed in the show's credits, but does not appear in the program. He was originally cast as Jor-El but for unknown reasons was replaced by Robert Rockwell, who did not receive credit for this substantial role. See more »

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Nicely Don Inception Story
27 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a very short time, we are given all we need to set this series in motion. We are taken to Krypton where Superman's father, Jor-el tries but fails to convince the planetary elders to build rocket ships to escape the doomed planet. Little Kal-el makes his way to Earth as the planet explodes. He is discovered by Ma and Pa Kent and ultimately hears the story of his arrival on Earth. At the age of 25 he heads to the city to become the reporter Clark Kent, warned by his mother that he must use his powers to do good. We are introduced to Perry White, the Editor of the Daily Planet, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen, cub reporter. The problem for Superman is that he must somehow get a job at the newspaper and he manages this in a unique way. By the way, having seen several of these episodes numerous times, this is the first time in my recollection that I have seen this one. Obviously, as a single entity, it stands alone.

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