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Superman: Serial to Cereal Paperback – August 1, 1977
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Prices are, however, all over the place--anywhere from $1.99 to over $150.00. One reason appears to be that there are two formats-- the trade publication called "oversized," and the other, a small paperback (about 6 by 4 inches). The latter probably has cheaper paper, possibly some cuts in the material, but my copy has stood up to time pretty well. Fans should make sure which one they are getting. The author, Gary Grosssman, has apparently made the trade version available again at another site (Google the title) for $29.99. Either version should be faster than a speeding bullet.
Grossman also covered the 1940's Superman cartoons and Columbia's Superman serials starring Kirk Allyn (and TV's Lois Lane, Noel Neill) with good detail. Allyn, himself, provided an interesting recollection of what it was like churning out Superman's first live action adventures under producer Sam Katzman. A man who was infamous for churning out serials fast pace and cheap. With both the serials and TV show available in fine DVD packages (and both featuring commentary by Gary Grossman), this book is a perfect companion.