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Who are the fans of George Reeves and the Adventures of Superman? Why, more than 40 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 Close Encounters page.

Brad Shey of New York, New York.

What was your first reaction to George Reeves and/or the Superman series?
I was probably five or six years old when I saw my first episode of the Adventures Of Superman and I was immediately hooked. I think what impressed me the most was that George Reeves made me believe he really was Superman. He brought the character to life and protected the secret identity of Clark Kent with a passion like it was his own. One of the things that always amazed me and still does is how different George looked with and without eyeglasses. To me he is and always will be the one and only Superman.

What are your 10 favorite episodes?

  • "Superman on Earth"
  • "The Stolen Costume"
  • "Shot In The Dark"
  • "The Face And The Voice"
  • "Panic In The Sky"
  • "The Big Freeze"
  • "The Wedding of Superman"
  • "The Town That Wasn't"
  • "The Big Forget"
  • "Superman's Wife"

What are some of you favorite scenes from the series?

  • The scene in "Panic In The Sky" when Clark returns to his apartment and opens his shirt with Jimmy in the background. Another is from the same episode when he is wearing the Superman suit and Kent glasses then realizes who he is.
  • "Around The World With Superman" when he talks with Ann Carson alone trying to convince her that he is Superman.
  • The opening scene in Kent's office from "Shot In The Dark" when Harriet Harper visits him and addresses him as Superman in front of Jimmy Olsen. I think it's priceless the way George reacts with "You may think I'm Superman but I can assure you I'm not!" and the way he tries to explain the photo of him changing into Superman.
  • Another would be from "The Face And The Voice"... George stating "I look like Superman why don't I sound like Superman?"
  • I was always amazed how Lois & Jimmy couldn't recognize Clark as Superman when he would remove his glasses. My favorite scenes which show this are from "Five Minutes to Doom." Clark jumps from the moving car he and Lois are driving when his x-ray vision discovers a bomb under the back seat. His clothes are ripped apart from the explosion, exposing his costume, and he asks Lois to toss him a trench coat from the back seat. When he comes up the hill to the car she is looking right at him without the glasses and doesn't recognize him as Superman. Clark removes his glasses again in "The Clown Who Cried" and "The Jolly Roger" but Lois & Jimmy don't recognize him.
  • I love the part in the "Big Forget" when Clark, Lois, Jimmy and Professor Pepperwinkle are tied up and Clark bursts out of his ropes declaring "I guess there's no use keeping this a secret any longer" Jimmy says.."Golly, Mr. Kent really is Superman"

What interesting mistakes or inside jokes have you detected?
In "The Man Who Could Read Minds," Clark, Jimmy, and Lois are chasing the phantom burglar and shots are fired. Clark and Perry White are driving in a car looking for them. Clark is looking in the distance to see how Lois and Jimmy are doing and tells White to stop the car. At that point the film also stops -- there is about a five-second freeze frame of Kent and White in the car. Another oddity of this episode is that the outdoor scenes are supposed to take place at night and you can see the sun is clearly shining.

Aside from Superman/Kent, who was your favorite character on the show and why?
I would say John Hamilton aka Perry White. I loved the way he yelled at Jimmy all the time. "Don't call me chief" and "Great Caesar's Ghost" were priceless. He had some other classic lines too "I guess the only thing left for me to do now is fire myself" and "People come and go around here all day and tell me nothing."

How do you view the series today, as an adult, differently from when you were a child?
I think the only difference for me today is I am aware of the history and background of the actors who make the show so special. Aside from that the show still captivates me and has a magic that will never fade.

Why have you continued to watch the series and why do you consider yourself a George Reeves fan?
The series is timeless. I think it will go on forever with new generations of fans. No matter how many times I've seen each episode it's like watching it for the first time.. every time. I never get tired of it. George Reeves was a great man who, I'm sure, would be proud today of the impact his work had and the joy it has brought to so may people. He will always be my hero.

If you could meet George Reeves today, what would you most want to say to him?
First I would tell George how much I admire him and what a great actor he was. I would thank him for all of the joy I have received from the Adventures of Superman from early childhood until today. I'd also want to discuss his recollections of specific episodes and ask him if he imagined that the series would still have such a strong following forty years later. I'd be curious to get his opinions on the portrayal of Superman by his successors, Christopher Reeve and Dean Caine...and what he would think of Nicolas Cage being the next in line to assume the role. I would also ask George one question that has always puzzled me and I don't think has ever been answered: Where does Superman put his Clark Kent clothes when he changes into Superman so he can change back to Clark Kent again? Lastly I would thank him for bringing the magic and mystique of Superman to life in such a way that it still captivates my imagination today.

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