Superboy - The Complete First Season
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From the producers of the Superman films comes the adventures of a young Man of Steel who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered journalism student at Shuster University, fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice against his archnemesis, Lex Luther, and other supervillains -- all while trying to sweep Lana Lang off her feet.]]>
- 26 episodes on four discs
- Commentary by John Haymes Newton and executive producer Ilya Salkind on two episodes
- "Superboy: Getting Off the Ground" - a making-of featurette with the cast and creators
- John Haymes Newton screen test
- Excerpts from the documentary "Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman"
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I thought John Newton was much better as Clark/Superman than Gerard Christopher (both actors appeared later on Melrose Place). Newton brought a realness to Clark - a regular guy who skateboarded and lifted weights with his buddies. However, Christopher took Chris Reeve's interpretation and turned it up to 11 - displaying Urkel-level nerdiness. Thankfully his Clark was toned down a bit after season 2.
Unfortunately, the first season suffers from a number of weak villains. Too often, Superboy found himself pitted against wealthy land developers, cops gone bad, polluters, and old guys in junkyards suffering from World War II shell shock. The villains got much better in later seasons. Still, there are a number of standouts in the first year - the introduction of Kryponite, Mr. Mxyzptlk, battling a succubus, time traveling to Hollywood's golden era, etc. I like how certain elements from the movie franchise were melded with John Byrne's reinvention (Clark's father being alive in this version, etc.) Incidentally, Martha is played by Salome Jens, who would go on to menace Deep Space 9 as leader of the changelings in the Dominion War. Another strength of the series was the impressive wire-work. Take offs and landings were typically done well (using many people who worked on the Superman movies) and were very ambitious - much better than the "whip pan" cape over camera effect used in Lois and Clark to "depict" take offs.Read more ›
I can't believe Warner Brothers is releasing this DVD, since they filed a lien against the series in 1992 (the end of Season 4). WB blocked 'Superboy' from being rerun in North America, and from any further plans for occassional TV movies.
For the most part, 'Superboy The TV series' has been legally banned from future fans and viewers around the world which is why it has never been seen in syndication since. It cost the Salkinds a franchise, and the Superboy stars John Haymes Newton (Superboy/Clark 1), Gerard Christopher (Superboy/Clark 2) and Stacey Haiduk (Lana Lang) millions in royalties. Yet, despite this, the series is very much alive on the internet today and has spurned a loyal underground cult following.
Enjoy SEASON 1...John Haymes Newton did a good job as Superboy & Clark Kent.
Filmed at the Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, the first season of the half-hour series offered hunky John Haymes Newton, 22 (cast because of a resemblance to Christopher Reeve), as the Shuster University Journalism student/Superhero, with wholesomely sexy Stacy Haiduk, 20 (Newton's offscreen girlfriend) as his friend (who could be more), Lana Lang. Rounding out the 'regulars' was mop-topped Jim Calvert as 'Jimmy Olsen'-like T.J. White (nephew of Perry), who provided some welcome lightness and humor to the proceedings.
The first episodes appear rushed and routine (the introduction of occasional guest star Scott Wells as snobbish, evil 'frat boy' Lex Luthor is poorly-acted and disappointing), and, sadly, many critics who panned the series never looked beyond those episodes, to the later, more polished stories, penned by veteran 'Superman' comic book writers. Those episodes (particularly the introduction of impish Mr. Mxyzptlk, portrayed by a perfectly-cast Michael J. Pollard), show the promise of the VERY good series "Superboy" would become, in time.Read more ›
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The only thing keeping this from perfect was not having it sent signature required.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this series more than i thought i would, enough so that i cant wait to buy and watch the second seasonPublished 4 months ago by Brian E. Myers
This series improves considerably in the following seasons. Still they are some good episodes here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by a customer
This was the first time seeing the first season. When I was young I saw parts of season 3 and season 4 of Superboy so I didn't know what to expect in the first season. Read morePublished 7 months ago by koukla_di
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