Friday, August 9, 2013

Show: Superman (1988)

As part of the celebration of Superman's 50th anniversary, Ruby-Spears Enterprises and Warner Bros. produced the animated television series "Superman," which aired Saturday mornings on CBS from September to December of 1988.

Superman Title Card

The show closely followed the character's relaunched comic book continuity written by John Byrne after "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Marv Wolfman, who created "Crisis" and helped reinvent the Man of Steel's newest incarnation, was also the head story editor for the TV show.

"Superman" ran for one season of 13 episodes, each consisting of an 18-minute main adventure, and a 4-minute biographical-style short called "Superman Family Album," featuring Clark Kent's early years.

Superman and his pals Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen

The cartoon took inspiration not only from Superman's revamped stories; it was also influenced by the short films from the 1940's by Fleischer, its opening theme was a new version of 1978's “Superman: The Movie,” and the narration in its intro was the same as the one from the "Adventures of Superman" live-action series from the 1950's.

Superman, the Man of Steel

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