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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Revised edition (April 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461107989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461107989
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICHAEL BIFULCO HAS CREATED AN EXTRAORDINARY BOOK REFLECTING THE ICONOCLASTIC TELEVISION SHOW OF THE 1950'S, "THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN", STARRING THE LATE GEORGE REEVES, NOEL NEILL, JACK LARSON, THE LATE JOHN HAMILTON AND THE LATE ROBERT SHAYNE. ALTHOUGH IT IS ADVERTISED AS 'REVISED AND EXPANDED' FROM THE PRIOR INCARNATION "SUPERMAN ON TELEVISION", THIS NEWER EDITION IS A BOOK UNTO ITSELF. MUCH MORE PHOTOS FROM EACH OF THE 104 EPISODES, MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION, MORE TRIVIA === THIS IS THE BOOK TO HAVE, OWN AND CHERISH FOR THE BABY BOOMERS WHO GREW UP ON THIS TELEVISION CLASSIC. TO US, GEORGE REEVES WAS MUCH MORE THAN AN ACTOR -- HE WAS OUR ROLE MODEL, HE WAS OUR FIRST AND FOR SOME, LIKE MYSELF, OUR HERO. GEORGE REEVES DIED AT THE YOUNG AGE OF 45 -- IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER HIS DEATH WAS A SUICIDE OR A MURDER -- GEORGE NEVER THOUGHT HE HAD ANY ADULT FANS. NOW, IN 2011, THIS SHOW HAS BEEN ON TELEVISION SINCE 1951 -- YOU DO THE MATH. GEORGE WOULD BE PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED AS WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN HIM IN HIS CAPACITY OF "SUPERMAN".
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The new, revised and expanded version of "The Original Superman On Television" is the book to get on the classic juggernaut televsion series "The Adventures Of Superman" (1951-1957)!

Author Michael J. Bifulco covers the entire series episode-by-episode in chronological order. The new edition contains even more photographs than previous editions, with photos that are larger and sharper-looking.

Every episode (including a special U.S. Treasury Savings Bond short subject film "Stamp Day For Superman" with the TV cast) has a synopsis and cast list. The author has also added short biographical profiles of the major players and character actors who appeared on "The Adventures Of Superman", and has unearthed many fascinating facts about the making of the series.

Best of all "The Original Superman On Television" is a wonderful tribute to George Reeves, the magnificent but under-rated actor who's talent and star charisma made a two-dimensional comic book character into a three-dimensional success.

The companions to this book are "Speeding Bullet" by
Jan Alan Henderson about the life and mysterious death of George Reeves, and "Behind The Crimson Cape: The Cinema Of George Reeves" by Jan Alan Henderson and
Steve Randisi which completely covers Reeves' extensive motion picture career.
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This is a very nice 298 page book covering all 104 episodes of The Adventures Of Superman starring George Reeves. The plot of each episode is described and key actors are listed with tidbits of information about them injected throughout the episode narratives. Plenty of black and white pictures from the episodes throughout. A nice tribute book to George Reeves and a must for any fan of The Adventures Of Superman.
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Nothing but plot synopses. The few comments he makes are hidden in the descriptions of the storylines. Amateurish and fairly worthless. Watch the episodes instead. You don't need to skim through this to find the little bit of real useful info. I was completely disappointed in this one.
I give it 2 stars instead of one because the author does love the show as much as I do, but you will learn nothing new from this. I get the impression that the only research that went into this was watching the episodes. Well, OK, now I know how many times Ben Weldon or Tristram Coffin were on the show. I didn't know that. Of course, I could have looked that up on IMDb.
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I found this book to be a major disappointment. It is over-padded with photographs from the series and the text consists overwhelmingly of just a precis of each episode. It has very little in the way of comment, discussion or review. If you have the full DVD set of the 104 episodes then this book is basically superfluous. Save your money and buy Peter Murano's [ASIN:0977215008 The George Reeves Adventures of Superman Companion]]. At least he has done some original research and offers praise and criticism where warranted as well as much detailed analysis.
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