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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 »


George Blair


Jerry Siegel (comic strip created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (comic strip created by: Superman) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
John Rockwell John Rockwell ... Superboy / Clark Kent (as Johnny Rockwell)
Bunny Henning Bunny Henning ... Lana Lang
Ross Elliott ... Mr. Drake
Monty Margetts Monty Margetts ... Mrs. Kent
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Gunner Ferde
Robert B. Williams ... Police Chief Parker (as Robert Williams)
Richard Reeves ... Shifty
Yvonne White Yvonne White ... Miss Gibson
Stacy Harris ... Jake
Jimmy Bates Jimmy Bates ... Jimmy Drake
Ray Walker ... Theater Manager
True Ellison True Ellison ... Donna (as Trudy Ellison)


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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Version of Superman: Unbound (2013) See more »

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This pilot of "The Adventures of Superboy" turned out to be its only episode
19 April 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

With today, April 18, 2018, marking the 80th birthday of Superman as he made his debut on the cover and pages of Action Comics # 1 cover-dated June 1938 on today's date of that year, I thought I'd review some obscure items of his on this site. Earlier today, I reviewed the TV version of his Broadway musical which starred David Wilson from 1975. This review is of John Rockwell's portrayal of The Man of Steel as a teen boy of Smallville in what turned out to be the only ep of The Adventures of Superboy. Whitney Ellsworth who previously produced The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves decided to do this one of Supes' younger years after Reeves died suddenly of undermined causes. While the previous series was in color most of the time, it was decided to go back to black-and-white for this initial entry so Rockwell wore a brown-and-gray suit instead of the blue-and-red one. Anyway, this initial ep has The Son of Krypton trying to catch some crooks involving some diamonds. I'll stop there and just say how intriguing it was seeing Clark Kent's alter ego using his superhearing to detect how one of the crooks was lying after listening to his heartbeat which is heard on the soundtrack. This was quite an exciting pilot to watch on YouTube just now. 12 more scripts were written and General Mills expressed interest in using their cereal Wheaties to sponsor the show but competitor Kellogg's-which had previously and was still sponsoring The Adventures of Superman in syndication-did not want the competition so that kaput any more eps of the Superboy program. Too bad as I liked Rockwell as the teen Clark Kent along with Bunny Henning as Clark's female friend, Lana Lang. Like I said, it's on YouTube if you're interested...

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