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The Adventures Continue -- BONUS FEATURE

By Lou Koza

For me, the above interview was a major highlight in my personal interest in George Reeves. In the early years of the TAC Fanzine, I found myself in total awe of Randy Garrett's illustrations. It was exciting to see a bona fide illustrator who took great strides to render images of George Reeves with the most definitive likeness and accuracy. For example of how Randy thinks; when illustrating George with a specific year in mind, he is not satisfied to give you just a generic illustration of George. He will thoughtfully match George's look with the appropriate time.

Ever since I was a youngster reading Superman and Action comic books, it was always a wish of mine that the artist of those Silver Age comics draw Superman in the likeness of George Reeves.

Swan's 60's Superman closely achieved that benchmark and my desire to see George's version continue onward in the comic book pages. I was appreciative of Mr. Swan's vision of Superman since this would be the best I was ever going to see.

I often wondered why the publishers of DC Comics didn't incorporate George Reeves, who had a huge mass appeal and to many considered the definitive Superman. It seemed to me Mr. Swan would have little difficulty fine tuning his Superman with George in mind. But I suppose if there was a consideration the publisher would nix the idea for worry their revenue generating Superman would taper off if the readership had come accustomed to a certain look they were no longer getting when change became inevitable. Most likely this is a bit of stretch. But I'm sure it was much safer to keep the Superman model less dependent on any one actor. It also seems the logistic of Superman's all mighty powers wouldn't work on paper if rendered with the George Reeves look, whose struggle to save Lois and Jimmy kept viewers on the edge of their seats. As it should be.

That is not to say, an actor's version wouldn't work in the comics. One only has to look at the Superman comics when in 2010 DC released Superman: Secret Origin and Gary Frank thrilled readers with his stylized version of Superman / Clark Kent presented in a Christopher Reeve fashion. Chris Reeve's Superman had the God-like powers much in accordance with the comic books.

Below is a personal recollection from Randy Garrett as it was published by Jim Nolt in The Adventures Continue, Issue no. 3, released in the Autumn of 1989. With each issue to follow, you will find numerous illustrations by Randy Garrett. Randy would pay tribute to the classic and well loved episode of I Love Lucy, as well as consider Little Ricky Ricardo the luckiest kid in the world.

In late November 1994, I wrote a letter to Keith Thibodeaux, the actor who had played the part of Little Ricky Ricardo. To my amazement, I received a phone call in return. After a few minutes of getting acquainted, Mr. Thibodeaux agreed to an interview to discuss his personal favorite episode of I Love Lucy, "Lucy Meets Superman." We'd set a date for a week later when I would call him at a specific time, which was more than enough time for me to prepare for the event of a life time. This included sending Keith an extra copy I had of TAC Issue 3 so he could see that the fanzine was a respectable publication. Without divulging another reason, I wanted him to also read Randy Garrett's entry. Roughly four months thereafter, our interview was released in TAC's Issue no. 11. When I submitted the interview to Jim Nolt, I asked him not to breath a word to Randy about my mentioning his name in the interview. I wanted it to be a surprise to him when he read it for the first time. A couple of days after the release of the issue, Randy and I spoke on the phone. I was happy to learn that he was indeed surprised and appreciative of being included in the discussion. To my surprise and delight Randy informed me that the date I interviewed Keith was on his birthday. Making this interview even more special.

As you will read below, Randy considered Keith the luckiest kid in the world. While it may be true for any child when hoisted up and onto the shoulders of THE real life Man of Steel, I happen to consider Randy the luckiest kid in the world too for the exceptional illustative talents he has with being the definitive George Reeves illustrator. No one could ever have done what Randy has done. He proved once and for all, Superman in the likeness of George Reeves can be rendered in a full length story. Be lucky enough to read Superman and the Secret Planet. Readers write in all the time with accolades for this work.

In 2003, I'd heard Keith was scheduled to appear at a New Jersey Mega Collectable show. I wrote an e-mail to Keith who confirmed he will be attending his first collectable show. Finally after nine years from our first talk on the phone I met Keith in person. Keith was very kind and generous with his time and very much enjoyed the attention he was getting at the show. Here is an image taken of us that day.

Lou and Keith Thibodeaux

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Lou (August 7, 2012)   

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