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Superman On Radio: Smithsonian Historical Performances (Historical Radio Plays) [Original recording remastered]

Superman (Related Recordings)Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Radio Spirits
  • ASIN: B000009NB9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Baby From Krypton - Ned Wever/Agnes Moorehead/Jay Josten/Clayton Collyer
2. Clark Kent, Mild-Mannered Reporter - Clayton Collyer/Julian Noa/Agnes Moorehead/Jay Josten/'Junior' O'Day/Ned Wever
3. Keno's Landslide - Clayton Collyer/Julian Noa/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton
4. Clark Kent-Captured By The Wolf - Clayton Collyer/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton/Julian Noa
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Disc: 2
1. Dr. Dahlgren's Atomic Beam Machine - Clayton Collyer/Rollie Bester/Julian Noa/Ned Wever
2. Atomic Fuel Cylinders Stolen - Clayton Collyer/Rollie Bester/Julian Noa/Ned Wever
3. Threat To The Daily Planet - Clayton Collyer/Rollie Bester/Julian Noa/Arthur Vinton/Ned Wever
4. Fire In The Sterling Building - Clayton Collyer/Julian Noa/Arthur Vinton/Ned Wever
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Disc: 3
1. Aboard The Steamship Madison - Clayton Collyer/Frank Lovejoy/Santos Ortega/Ned Wever
2. The Plane To Canyon City - Clayton Collyer/Frank Lovejoy/Marion Shockley/Santos Ortega/Ned Weaver/Julian Noa
3. Left To Die - Clayton Collyer/Frank Lovejoy/Marion Shockley/Santos Ortega/Ned Weaver
4. The Prison Riot - Clayton Collyer/Helen Choate/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton/Julian Noa
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Disc: 4
1. The Secret Empire - Clayton Collyer/Helen Choate/Julian Noa/Arthur Vinton
2. Million-Dollar Ransom - Clayton Collyer/Helen Choate/Julian Noa/Arthur Vinton
3. Torpedoes Of Destruction - Clayton Collyer/Helen Choate/Julian Noa/Arthur Vinton
4. The Brentwood Mystery - Clayton Collyer/Marjorie Anderson/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton
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Disc: 5
1. The Immortal People - Clayton Collyer/Marjorie Anderson/Ned Wever
2. Secret Of The Sacred Emerald - Clayton Collyer/Marjorie Anderson/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton
3. The Sacred Emerald Of The Incas - Clayton Collyer/Marjorie Anderson/Ned Wever/Arthur Vinton

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Superman of your imagination! July 16, 2000
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The comic book ink was barely dry when "Superman" hit the airwaves in 1938. And just like his "Action Comics" debut, the "Superman" radio serial hit the ground running in a breathless fashion that had kids (and I'm sure many adults) transfixed in the middle of their livingrooms This was the golden age for radio adventure ("The Lone Ranger", "Jack Armstrong" and, of course, "The Shadow) and "Superman" proved to be a natural in this format where immagination was king. Armed with a novel idea for Depression era audiences (the super human hero in a all too human world) the writers of these early episodes kept a frenetic pace along the lines of creators Jerry Siegels and Joe Shusters original stories and recreated the cartoony but gloriously fun exploits perfectly. Therein lies its charm- it was pure, earnest storytelling from a bygone era.

However, the biggest asset to the "Superman" radio show was actor Bud Collyer (later host of tv's "Beat The Clock"). Attacking the role with hard professionalism, Collyer invented the device of having Clark Kent talk in a soft, understated tone while having his alter ego Superman drop down to low, commanding octaves. Thus, Collyer became the first actor to recreate the pen and ink icon for audiences with a vivid performance that stands to this day. A decade before Kirk Allyn and George Reeves, Collyer WAS Superman.

SUPERMAN ON RADIO has been mastered with state of art technology that breaths new life on 50 year old audio. The booklet that accompanies is a colorful history of the radio show with rare photos. Other sets are available (including episodes featuring "Batman" who, strangely, never starred in a radio series of his own).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Radio October 27, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This set presents the debut episodes of the Superman radio serial in best-ever sound. While the writers of the serial skimped on the origin by having Superman arriving on Earth as a full-grown man (instead of being raised by the Kents), the Man of Steel rarely gets better than what is heard here and elsewhere in the series. The impeccably researched booklet tells you everything you need to know about this long-running children's serial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fan of old time radio March 25, 2010
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When I was young I had two Superman lp's (yes 33's) that I got by sending in Wheaties proof of purchases. They were the first two episodes on this cd collection. Boy did that bring back memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great radio show July 26, 2014
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Great radio show! Very interesting how the handled the origin of superman before it became the legend we know today.
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