Who are the fans of George Reeves and
the Adventures of Superman? Why, more than 50 years
after its television debut, do we continue to watch? Through
the years I've discussed this with many people and have now decided
to invite fans of George Reeves to put their thoughts in writing
for this page. If you'd like to contribute, give the following
questions some thought and e-mail your answers to me. I'll post
them here so we can compare our thoughts and reinforce our devotion
to George Reeves and the entire cast and crew of the Adventures
of Superman. In addition to the questions below, there is
one other I'd like to include: "If you could meet George
today, what would you most want to say to him?" To read
about people who actually did meet George Reeves, check out the
#4 -- Colete Morlock
What was your first reaction to George
Reeves and/or Superman series?
I was only 5 years old back in 1953.
As with many who have already shared their reactions, I was young
enough to equivocate George as being Superman. When I was 7,
I almost got to meet him during a hospitalization for having
my tonsils removed. But I went home the day before Thanksgiving,
which was the day he visited the sick children there. Every Saturday
I would be glued in front of the TV to watch TAOS. He was my
first real hero. I wanted to do everything he as Superman told
us to do so he would be proud of me. I used to wish so hard that
I would one day meet the man who inspired me so.
What are your 10 favorite episodes?
Only 10? This is a toughie because all
of them have some great parts to them.
- Around The World With Superman -- #1
- The Stolen Costume
- Superman in Exile
- Panic In The Sky
- The Prince Albert Coat
- The Wedding of Superman
- Divide and Conquer
- Superman's Wife (to see how Lois handles
- The Mysterious Cube (different entrance
other than crashing through walls)
- The Haunted Lighthouse
Aside from Superman/Kent, who was your
favorite character on the show and why?
When you have such a great ensemble
cast, it's hard to single one out. I liked Perry White for always
trying to keep his reporters on track. Jimmy Olsen could be the
typical teenager at his first job, or actively assisting Lois
on her assignments. Lois Lane for being the first career-minded
role model for women. Noel's portrayal especially showed Lois
could be tough and vulnerable at the same time.
How do you view the series today, as an adult, differently from
when you were a child?
Back then I only came to know George
through Superman. Now Superman shows me the sides of George that
I miss the most.
Why have you continued to watch the series and why do you consider
yourself a George Reeves fan?
I fell hook, line, and sinker for
George Reeves as my first real hero. Throughout the years my
respect and admiration of this man's range of acting ability
kept growing whenever I would see him in other things besides
the Adventures of Superman. Since this series is the one
main venue through which to see him more often, I look for the
George in Clark.
If you could meet George Reeves today, what would you most want
to say to him?
IF I was able to speak, I would
want him to know how deeply he was loved for the incredible actor
and human being that he was. I'd tell him how many of us have
been keeping his memory alive and upholding the values that he
stood for. I'd also thank him from an entire generation that
there was so much more to the man behind the big red "S".