Aug 6, 2013
On the show this week I am
presenting the last podcast of the series on the American Icon. We
have looked at Tarzan, The Lone Ranger and not to be outdone we
then looked at what lurks in the hearts of men and The Shadow. On
this episode of the RAS, we have the most powerful of all the
American Icons, Superman.
What we have is a short introduction to the character of Superman for anyone may not have heard of him (Yes that was sarcasm). There is a special musical salute to the man of steel. Then we will jump into the creators of this icon and some of their histories as they struggled to bring this hero to print.
Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. They were high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. The character was sold to Detective Comics, Inc. in 1938 and Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of that same year.
Superman’s venture into old time radio was a long one. The Adventures of Superman began in 1940 and lasted until 1951. What we have on the program are the first three episodes of that series and I have tied them together into, hopefully, one cohesive story. They include The Baby from Krypton, Clark Kent Reporter and The Kenos Landside. The first of these three aired on February 12 of 1940.