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(1961 TV Pilot)
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Superboy (1961): It
how some shows don't make it off the drawing board. "The
Adventures of Superboy" didn't make it past the pilot episode and by
all means it should have. I've seen it, and I think it's
excellent! Johnny Rockwell made an outstanding Superboy, and
there was plenty of gunfire, explosions, and other action to make this
worth watching...especially for 1950s action TV shows. Lana Lang
was played by Bunny Henning. All in all, I found this show to be
very exciting. It's definitely better than the 1988 TV series
which lasted much longer (through 1992).
sidenote: This pilot was filmed
after George Reeves' death, who had already agreed to do another season
of "The Adventures of Superman".
The death of
George Reeves, who many people even
nowadays consider THE Superman, killed off the possibility of any more
Superman-related shows in the then-near future. It had the same
family-oriented, law-abiding morals of the earlier "Superman" show and
great promise as a series as many other people also feel.
interesting sidenote: National Comics
(aka DC Comics) leaked out the info that they were planning this
superhero series. In fact, they mentioned it in the TV sections
of daily newspapers and even in the letter columns of their comic books
to watch for "The Adventures of Superboy" on television. When it
didn't materialize, you can imagine how many people were left confused.