TAC, Jr. #8
From the publisher of The Adventures Continue
Wednesday, June 11, 1997
1) REVISED TIMETABLE
2) ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
3) RADIO SPIRITS, INC.
4) A DYNAMITE TAKE-OFF
5) FLIGHT PATTERNS
6) WHAT IS GONE WITH THE WIND?
7) WORDS FROM WHIT
8) TAC #13 AND #14
9) DON'T MISS THE NEXT THRILL-PACKED ISSUE OF THE ADVENTURES
1) REVISED TIMETABLE-
When I first thought about TAC, Jr., it was my intention
to publish on a
monthly basis. In the first few weeks, however, there was so
much to say
that one was coming at you almost weekly. Now, however, beginning
June issues, I plan to scale back to my original monthly schedule.
you find each issue informative and entertaining. And if any
of you have a
tidbit you think would be good for the newsletter, send it on
to me and I
might include it.
2) ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY -
Each week, in its Encore section, Entertainment Weekly
highlights an event
of the past. In the June 13, 1997 issue, the editors focus on
"The Death of
a Superhero" -- George Reeves. A picture of George accompanies
This quote from Jack Larson concludes the article, "George
once said he
wished he had one adult fan. Well, now he's got a lot."
Indeed, Jack, indeed he does. [Thanks to the many readers
who alerted me to
3) RADIO SPIRITS, INC.
TAC reader Tim Healy sent this information to TAC, Jr.
It seems that DC
Comics, in conjunction with Smithsonian Historical Broadcasts
and a company
called Radio Spirits, Inc. have recently released a 5-CD or 6-cassette
collection of the original Superman radio programs with Bud Collyer.
collection has been digitally remastered and for those who have
them, present a Superman quite different from the one we grew
up with. Those
who are interested can write for a free catalog: Radio Spirits,
Inc., PO Box
2141, Schiller Park, IL 60176 or call 800-RADIO-48.
4) A DYNAMITE TAKE-OFF -
During the run of the show, Superman very often leaped out a
responding to an emergency. And one particular window, in the
second seasons, must have been a favorite of his, because it
seemed to be
with him no matter where he went. It even accompanied him to
the jungles of
Haiti! Reader Dave Orbach sent me this question: For which episode
take-off out the Daily Planet window filmed? This take-off
can be seen in
"Drums of Death" and "The Man In The Lead Mask"
among others. My first
reaction was to say that it wasn't filmed for any particular
episode but was
filmed purposely to be used as stock footage. Dave pointed out,
that it must have been filmed for "The Human Bomb"
because if you look
carefully, even when that window becomes Clark Kent's apartment
"Man In The Lead Mask," Superman is still carrying
that stick of dynamite
from "The Human Bomb." You must use the pause and look
carefully, but there
it is in George's right hand!
5) FLIGHT PATTERNS -
In TAC, Jr. #7 Bruce Kanin's brought up the question of Superman's
stationary flight scenes in "The Machine The Could Plot
Crimes" and "The
Human Bomb." This time, reader Mike Forbes adds this: To
pick up on item #6
in TAC, Jr. #6, I call attention to "The Defeat of Superman."
heads for his encounter with that machine gun (Oh, just a bee
Jimmy"), we see him rotate into his vertical landing position
in mid-air. As
I recall, it is the only time in the run of the entire series
we see this.
It makes you wonder why, if they took the time to shoot and edit
didn't use the sequence more often. Am I correct, or was it used
I think Mike is correct there, but if anyone noticed it in
episodes, please let me know. I must also tell you that I liked
the way Mike
ended his message to me: Sorry to cut this short... but I have
to go see
where my kids are. "People come and go around here all the
time and tell me
6) WHAT IS GONE WITH THE WIND?
Jeopardy (May 27, 1997) - Under the heading of Movie Classics.
Reeves, TV's first Superman, starred as one of the Tarlton twins
1939 film." Steve Sackstein admits he might not have the
quote exact, but we
all know the answer.
7) WORDS FROM WHIT -
Readers often call to lament about the fact that through the
episodes have been cut and spliced to the point where we sometimes
know what pieces are missing. Indeed, as was reported in TAC,
scenes are missing from some Columbia House prints which are
being uncut. After Curt James wondered what Whit would have thought
practice, I once again went rummaging through my stack of letters
to find out. In a letter dated April 5, 1980, he wrote:
When I occasionally happen to catch an old Superman
show, I'm almost always
horrified by the way it has been cut - mutilated is the better
word - to
accommodate more commercials than originally intended. One that
mind is "Olsen's Millions," in which Jimmy and Lois
burn up Jimmy's fortune
in currency so that Superman will see smoke signals spelling
SOS from the
chimney of the house where his pals are being held captive. The
of what Lois and Jimmy are about to do has been cut, as well
dialogue about smoke signals in Morse code; thus they seem to
money for no reason at all, and when Superman sees smoke spewing
chimney we do not realize that he is reading Morse code; and
we wonder why
just any old smoke from any old chimney should alert him to Lois'
Jimmy's peril. So what we conceived as a mildly clever plan involving
Jimmy's having to trade his wealth for their freedom becomes
happenstance. It makes everybody concerned with the show look
8) TAC #13 and #14 -
By now, everyone who ordered TAC #13 and #14 should have received
his or her
copy. I was quite pleased with the results, and I hope you were
course, the people who did the real work are the writers of the
articles - Jan Alan Henderson, Jim Beaver, Chuck Harter, Michael
Wilson, Janeen Christensen, and Michael Hayde - and the illustrator,
Garrett . A round of applause for them all, and if you'd like
to respond to
them individually, please send your comments to me, and I'll
pass them on.
Some reviews already received:
The latest issues were outstanding. I especially enjoyed the
with Mike Hayde's wonderful research. Pat Ellsworth's story on
of the Mole Men was likewise fascinating. I predict that your
say also that you have produced your finest work this time. -
I just received TAC 13 and 14 this Saturday. I've started
reading TAC 14
first since it deals with the emergence of the Adventures Of
Superman. I am
impressed with all the in-depth detail and insights, to say nothing
Garret's work. I really got a kick from Randy's recreation of
when Tommy Carr found his Superman. However, one fact sticks
in my mind.
When the Adventures Of Superman was opened up for daily
syndication in the
fall of 1960, some television stations were still showing it
on a weekly
basis. In other words, three years after the final Adventures
scene was shot, the show still aired as if nothing happened!
of this revelation is that it shows that the Adventures Of
Superman was a
wind-whooshing trendsetter, much more so than Lois & Clark.
In fact, I've
read at a L&C website that TBS has brought exclusive syndication
the show, thus Lois & Clark is immediately falling
to the level of daily
In short, Lois & Clark is no trendsetter, since
its afterlife is already
shaping up to be far less stellar than its 1950's predecessor.
for poetic justice? The thing is, L & C episodes grow
stale for me the very
first time, even before the episode is over. Yet, in stark contrast,
Adventures Of Superman episodes never ever grow stale
because the characters
all seem real. They don't have to struggle at their parts because
all have an intuitive understanding of the role. For that reason,
take "Close Shave" or "The Brainy Burro"
over any L&C episode, any day. -
Thomas Boud, Bloomingdale NJ.
9) DON'T MISS THE NEXT THRILL PACKED ISSUE OF THE ADVENTURES
Join with the Man of Steel when he was just a boy! That's right,
pictures of George Reeves as a young boy of 16 months, 2 years,
and about 7
or 8 along with his stepfather, Frank Bessolo. This is one issue
want to miss. More on this in the coming months. In the meantime,
didn't order TAC #13 and #14 there are still a couple issues
here on the
shelf, but it's first come, first served.
The Adventures Continue . . .
. . .with George Reeves