The Adventures Continue

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The Adventures of Superman...
"Out of the Office"
by Mr. X and Jim Nolt

The Adventures of Superman was focused, naturally, on the adventures of Superman, which centered at the Daily Planet offices, and the streets of Metropolis. But from time to time, we are allowed rare glimpses into the homes of our intrepid heroes (and heroines). So let's rev up the bus once again and take a tour of their residences... and perhaps peek into a few closets. Please have your tickets ready for the driver.

All aboard.


Our first stop... the Standish Arms Apartments. Although it was never mentioned in any of the 104 episodes, it was well established in the comic books that the Standish Arms was located at 344 Clinton Street.

The Standish Arms
("Jimmy The Kid" 1955)


Let's take the elevator to the fifth floor. Ah, here it is, Apartment 5-H, home to Mr. Clark Kent.

Apartment 5-H
("The Stolen Costume" 1951)


Inside we find Clark Kent sitting at his desk, talking on the telephone.

Hello, Lois?
("Mystery of the Broken Statues" 1951)


We'll return to Clark's apartment when he's not quite so busy. For now, please return to the bus so we can move to our next point of interest, the apartment occupied by Miss Lois Lane. It's exact location was always kept a secret, so please don your blindfolds for this part of the tour.

Lois Lane's apartment, 6A
("Mystery of the Broken Statues" 1951)


Whereas Clark's apartment appears relatively spartan, Lois decorates more lavishly with flowers, matching lamps, beautiful curtains, and very stylish furniture. Here we see Lois spending a quiet evening in her lovely home searching for clues she believes are concealed in some cheap plaster statuettes.

Lois at home.
(Mystery of the Broken Statues" 1951)


Eureka! She found something and excitedly phones Clark to tell him about it. This is a mighty important clue indeed, for we will later learn that what she found is a key to Post Office Box 97, Metropolis Main Branch, where Martin and his men hid the largest ruby in the world -- the Renssalaer Ruby.

("Mystery of the Broken Statues" 1951)


Now please put your blindfolds back on as we leave Lois' apartment and move along to the home of Mr. James Bartholomew Olsen. We never saw Jimmy at home, but we did catch a glimpse of his worried mother (with whom he lived) when she called Clark to tell him Jimmy hadn't come home the night before. Most often Jimmy was out doing some fancy ambulance chasing, but that night he was in real trouble. Thanks goodness Superman was on the job that night!

A worried Mrs. Olsen
("The Secret of Superman" 1951)


When Jimmy's mother was out of town, Jimmy's sometimes stayed with a friend of her mother's, Old Mrs. Jones, or, more often, with Mr. Kent. One night Clark also invited Wayne Winchester over, and he gave Jimmy a free wrestling lesson. You might recall that Winchester was intercollegiate wrestling champion last year. As it turned out, I think it would have been better if Jimmy has gone home that particular night.

Jimmy the Wrestler
("No Holds Barred" 1951)


While Jimmy gets himself untangled, follow me into Clark's bedroom where Clark is showing Candy Meyers something previously shared only with his millions of fans... a secret closet. Note the switch to open the closet is secreted in a window frame and that the closet door slid out towards an exterior wall. I wonder how the heck that worked?

Clark's secret closet
("The Stolen Costume") 1951


Clark has two rooms in his apartment... the living room and the bedroom. When it was time to change to Superman, he always headed for the bedroom and then out the window. Did you ever notice that virtually every window in Metropolis is a casement window? I wonder why?

Into the bedroom...

and out the window.
("The Runaway Robot" 1951)


If we wait long enough, Superman will return, no doubt to make the bed and comb his hair.

Home again.
("The Runaway Robot" 1951)


While he was out, some friends dropped by. It seems that tonight Inspector Henderson is a little hot under the… well, you know.

Bill gets the hot seat.
("The Runaway Robot" 1951)


Now, grab your lunch bags, we're going on a long trip up to Mount Blue Peak where, in 1953, Superman spent some time puzzling over his radioactive contamination. It was never explained who owned this cabin, but no matter... after Superman's stay, probably no one could return to it for about 5,000 years anyway.

("Superman In Exile" 1953)


In case you're wondering if Clark ever ate at home... here we see him ordering a large pizza with pepperoni. "What? You have one coming out of the oven now?

I'll be right over!
("My Friend Superman" 1953)


I'll be right over to pick it up!"

I'm on my way.
("My Friend, Superman" 1953)


A man's home is his castle... a place to hang his hat... to relax and unwind. Here we see Clark at home relaxing... wearing his coat and tie and listening to the the police band (in those pre-scanner days), in order to catch "The Man in the Lead Mask", or men, as the case may be.

At home by the scanner.
("Man In The Lead Mask" 1953)


On person who clearly needs some time at home to relax is Mr. Perry White. Here is our one glimpse into his apartment... as he restlessly counts sheep. He was up to five million and one at this point. Even at one sheep every second, it would take him over fifty seven days to count to five million. I think Perry must have multiplied.

Five million and one...
("Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor" 1953)


Still not able to sleep after counting so many sheep, he decided to raid his Kelvinator (Perry's version of "The Big Freeze"). I wonder why he was allowed a turkey leg, rather than a bowl of Kellogg's Rice Krispies. (And check out Perry's robe. That article got more use by more people than any other in the series.)

Perry's interpretation of "The Big Freeze"
("Jimmy Olsen, Boy Editor" 1953)


Stand by for Part II of "Out of the Office" in the Adventures of Superman. 

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