TAC, Jr. #7
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
Friday, May 23, 1997
1) GOOD NEWS
2) CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS
3) MY FRIEND, COLUMBIA HOUSE?
4) SEASON OF TERROR
5) A QUESTION FROM MICHAEL HAYDE
6) STATIONARY FLIGHT
7) HOLLYWOOD COMMANDOS
8) SUPER STUFF
1) GOOD NEWS!!! - The phone call finally came in. For those
of you who
ordered TAC #13 and 14, you can expect them in your mailbox next
just about three hours I'll drive to the printing company to
pick them up,
and tomorrow TAC reader John O'Neill will drive from Philadelphia
to help me
sort, stuff and stamp. On Tuesday morning I'll deliver them to
office, and only one more task will remain - for you to examine
every word, picture, and illustration. And that's a task I trust
2) CALLING ALL RESEARCHERS - I received a call from Chuck
Harter a short
time ago. As most of you know, he's been working on a book about
Reeves and the Adventures of Superman for many years.
I've seen the material
he's collected, and it's nothing short of phenomenal. His book
completion, but he'd like help from readers in the Chicago, St.
New York City areas. In late 1956 Whitney Ellsworth announced
conjunction with the premiere of another season of the Adventures
Superman, George Reeves would be making personal appearances
in those cities
during the month of February (1957). Chuck would like to know
if anyone of
you living near those cities could search through newspapers
of that time to
find articles related to those appearances. Of course, anyone
this project will be acknowledged in his book which he assures
me will be
published late next year. If you can provide any help, please
let me know.
3) MY FRIEND, COLUMBIA HOUSE? - Columbia House advertises
episodes as being complete, but TAC reader Dave Orbach recently
if I remember a scene in "My Friend Superman" which
showed Tony placing the
wire recorder microphone under the table in his diner. I pulled
my WWOR copy
of "My Friend Superman" from the shelf, and sure enough,
the scene described
by Dave is there. It happens this way: After the conversation
and Clark concerning Lois' whereabouts, Clark leaves the editor's
and the action switches to Tony's Diner where Tony is kneeling
by the table
and Elaine is sweeping the floor -
ELAINE: Pappa, what are you doing?
TONY: Oh, I'ma fixing something...
ELAINE: That's my microphone for my wire recorder you gave me
You'll ruin it!
TONY: I'm a nota ruin it. I'm supposed to keepa my ears open,
so I use this
one as an extra ear.
ELAINE: Pappa, you're carrying this too far. It'll get you in
inventing stories... pretending you know Superman. You're liable
to get a
lot of people in trouble.
TONY: Ah, even my owna bambina, she don't believe her own father.
show you. I'm gonna helpa Superman.
The entire exchange takes 45 seconds, but it's completely missing
Columbia House print.
4) SEASON OF TERROR - When you read Michael Hayde's article
in TAC #14 next
week, you will soon realize that putting together that first
season of the
Adventures of Superman was not an easy task. The pace
was fast and furious,
and the opportunities for accidents many. You may already know
fell to the floor when the wire broke, that George was knocked
cold when he
attempted to break through a door, and that Phyllis Coates was
Frank Richards (Sully) in "Night Of Terror." Yesterday
I received a phone
call from TAC reader Robert Harvey who may have discovered a
trace of yet
another accident on the set of "Night of Terror." Robert
suggests you run
your copy and pay close attention near the end. Listen very carefully
sound track just after Richard Benedict stabs Superman with his
knife and is
subsequently punched out by the Man of Steel. Turn up the sound,
and let me
know what *you* hear as Benedict falls out of camera range.
5) A QUESTION FROM MICHAEL HAYDE - I received this question
In Gary Grossman's book, Superman: Serial to Cereal, he
moment between Clark and Lois as being from "Panic in the
Sky": "Kent is
reintroduced to the trappings of his Daily Planet cubicle and
a pretty Lois
Lane. Unaware of who she is, he returns the pretty gal's stare
with a wink
of his own." I distinctly remember, from childhood, a scene
where Lois is
staring at Kent in the hallway, and he winks at her, but it's
not in any
copy of "Panic In The Sky" that I've seen since. It's
not in "Wedding of
Superman" either, and I can't think of what other episode
it could be from.
Do any of the readers remember this scene?
6) STATIONARY FLIGHT - I love to get e-mail from the readers,
and this week
my mailbox was filled to overflowing. Bruce Kanin wrote: You
bring up fascinating oddities concerning the show. I recall one
the second season (I should keep my Serial to Cereal handy
so that I could
remember the names) about the computer which supposedly committed
Towards the end there is a sequence where Superman rescues the
made the computer and then goes off to rescue Lois Lane. There
are couple of
flying sequences which were rarely used. Finally, seeing from
the air that
Lois is OK, Superman seems to stop in mid-air! While the comics
Superman does that all the time (including Wayne Boring's wonderful
back in the "old days"), this was the only time I'd
ever seen Reeves'
Superman do it.
The episode Bruce is trying to recall is "The Machine
That Could Plot
Crimes," and that stationary flying scene is unusual, but
not unique. Check
out the climax to "The Human Bomb" when Superman rescues
Jimmy as he falls
from the ledge. There too he appears to be in stationary flight.
in Kent's office:
LOIS: No matter what happened, Jim, I want you to know I appreciate
you took for me.
WHITE: And I wouldn't be surprised if the paper could spare a
for you... providing you don't pull any more fool stunts.
JIMMY: Golly, thanks Chief... thanks Miss Lane.
Clark enters his office.
LOIS: Oh, it's you!
CLARK: Glad to see you've finally come to your senses... cut
out that crazy
JIMMY: Yeah, some gag!
LOIS: And where were you during all this if I may ask?
CLARK: Me? I went fishing... caught a big one too.
7) HOLLYWOOD COMMANDOS - Earlier this week Jim Beaver alerted
something of interest. In honor of Memorial Day, AMC is airing
Commandos (May 23, 8:00 PM) which relates the story of the First
Picture Unit. This unit produced training and morale films for
the Army Air
Corps during WWII. It is the unit in which George served, and
at least one
of the titles discussed in the documentary is something George
may have been
8) SUPER STUFF - If you are interested in Superman collectibles,
newsy stuff, check out Bill Smith's neat little newsletter called
Stuff" which is published a couple times a year. Although
the newsletter is
free, Bill would appreciate the donation of a few dollars to
help hold down
his printing and mailing costs. Any amount is accepted, but a
contribution makes you a member of the Clark Kent Club, and a
elevates you to the Krypton Club. For more information send e-mail
Comic52@aol.com or snail
mail to Bill Smith, c/o St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
9966 Lin Ferry Drive, St. Louis, MO 63123.
Update: 10/20/98 -- Bill Smith recently informed me that
because of rising
costs, he no longer publishes "Super Stuff."
9) CONGRATULATIONS - Not all mail I receive concerns George
some is more personal. TAC reader Scott Pomeroy wrote to tell
me that he and
I share the same birthday (August 31), and he added that he and
is wife are
expecting a baby boy on Tuesday, May 20. I haven't heard from
Scott in the
past few days... but maybe he's busy changing those super diapers.
Congratulations Scott, and our best to your entire family.
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves