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Old 03-16-2015   #1
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Hey guys. I have brought up this show before in the comments, so I decided to share it.

https://archive.org/details/Superman_page01

This link includes the first 75 episodes as well as four Audition Transcription Disks.

Featuring the voices of:
Joan Alexander
Marjorie Anderson
Rolly Bester
Helen Choat
Bud Collyer
Jay Jostyn
Jackie Kelk
Frank Lovejoy
George Lowther
Agnes Moorehead
Julian Noa
Junior O'Day
Santos Ortega
Marian Shockley
Arthur Vinton
Ned Wever

Episode 8 is missing in the page, but here you have it:

https://archive.org/download/superma...28_08_Fuel.mp3

Also, episode 10 was posted twice on the site.

Hope you enjoy this flashback to the glorious radio days and leave your thoughts here

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Old 03-18-2015   #2
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Meet the cast of the first 75 Superman radio episodes:

Joan Alexander (Lois Lane, regular voice)



Marjorie Anderson (Elsie Beachum):



Rolly Bester (Lois Lane, first voice)



Helen Choat (Lois Lane, second voice)



Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent)



Jay Jostyn (Ro-Zan)



Jackie Kelk (Jimmy Olsen)



Frank Lovejoy (Captain Anderson)



George Lowther (Announcer/Narrator)



Agnes Moorehead (Lara)



Julian Noa (Perry White and the Yellow Mask)



Santos Ortega (Joseph Deneen)



Marian Shockley (June Anderson)



Arthur Vinton (Keno)



Ned Wever (Jor-El, The Wolfe, Dr. Dahlgren and Bartley Pemberton)



Couldn't find any pic of Junior O'Day, who played Jimmy, the professor's son in the second episode.

Enjoy.

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Old 03-22-2015   #3
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Dang, that's pretty old school, and a pretty interesting find as well! It's neat seeing the pictures of all of them too, I can't imagine how long that must've taken.
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Dang, that's pretty old school, and a pretty interesting find as well! It's neat seeing the pictures of all of them too, I can't imagine how long that must've taken.
Thanks.

I couldn't find any pictures of Junior O'Day, though. He played the Professor's son in episode two.

I recall finding some great Julian Noa pics on the New York Public Library site, so I went to New York and the guys at the Library were kind enough to lend me some pics of a very young Julian Noa taken circa 1900s. I posted the other Julian Noa pics in the Picture Hunters section.

This radio show was one of longest running radio shows of all time, reaching a total of 1200 episodes (and most of them have survived the tests of time).

The show had three runs...

The syndicated run (1940-1942): All the episodes of this run have survived. The transcription disks for the first 27 episodes have been cleaned up, restored and remastered by the Smithsonian Historical Performances crew.

The Mutual run (1942-1949): The most famous run. Not all of the episodes have survived, leaving story arcs like the new origin story which they made for the Mutual version incomplete, but a lot of the most acclaimed sagas like the Batman crossover story arcs and the Atom Man story arc have survived.

The ABC run (1949-1951): I'm not sure if all the episodes of this run have survived, but I have heard a few of them.

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Oh, and if you're wondering, yes, Batman and Robin did appear in this show.

These are the guys who played them:

Stacy Harris (Batman, initial voice)



Matt Crowley (Batman, regular voice)



Gary Merrill (Batman, third voice)



Ronald Liss (Robin)

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That was great! I'm glad that these have been preserved and are not lost
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That was great! I'm glad that these have been preserved and are not lost
Yeah, most of them have been well preserved (some of the Mutual episodes and maybe some ABC episodes may have been lost, but the entire syndicated run is complete).
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Now for some goodies...

Here are the three sets that Radio Spirits released (I have all of them):







DC made a book which compiled some of the best scripts in the show:



Superman reading his own adventures (MIND BLOWN!!!):





Bud Collyer as Superman:



Joan Alexander as Lois Lane:



Jackson Beck (Beany Martin), Joan Alexander (Lois Lane) and Bud Collyer (Clark Kent) are having the time of their lives in the recording session:



Jackie Kelk (Jimmy Olsen), Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (Beany Martin) and Bud Collyer (Clark Kent) really know how to get into character:



DC Publisher Harry Donenfield with actors Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander:



I don't care what anybody says, I just LOVE THESE ADS!!!!:





Enjoy these rare behind the scenes pics, rare ads and merchandise pics.

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To those who have listened to the sneak peeks of the Batman and Atom Man stories, THE WAIT IS OVER!!!!

You can hear the complete sagas here (along with the first 27 episodes of the syndicated show, if you want to hear them again or refresh your memories):

https://archive.org/details/TheBestOfSuperman

ENJOY!!!

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When I have the time i'm going to listen all of them
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