“The Man from Smallville”

 

When you were you a kid were you a comic book junkie? I sure was. I loved comic books. For a long time they were my constant companions, I was always reading them. I used to love walking or riding my bike up our little one lane street to Cunningham’s Market on the corner and scanning the comic book rack. When we moved to Azusa, Herman’s, Fry Brother’s Market and Gregory’s Pharmacy became the place to go for comics. I used to always carry a comic book or two rolled up and sticking out of my back pocket when I went out. Like today’s AmEx card I didn’t leave home without it. And yes, late at night when my parents thought I was asleep I used to read under the covers with my dad’s flashlight just like every other kid probably did at one time or another.

I had quite a collection. DC comics mostly, they had the best super heroes. I had them all Superman, Batman & Robin, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman. I also had some Iron Man, Hulk and Spiderman Marvel comics, some Dell Green Hornets, some Archie comics , and as much as I hate to admit it, I even had a few Harvey Comics. If you don’t remember Harvey’s, they were the Richie Rich, Casper and Baby Huey comics. They were all pretty cool but I liked DC the best and Superman was my all time favorite super hero. He made up the biggest part of my collection. Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, Krypto (the super dog), I had a load of comics.

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Yeah, I grew up with Superman. I used to watch the man of steel on TV. practically everyday. ‘The Adventures of Superman’ with George Reeves. The special effects were a little cheesy, but when I was a kid I didn’t really notice.

“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane,                                                         it’s SUPERMAN!”

Yes, it’s SUPERMAN, strange visitor from another planet who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!

SUPERMAN! Who can ch the course of might rivers,
bend steel in his bare hands;
And who, disguised as Clark Kent,
Mild-mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan Newspaper,
fights a never-ending battle for truth
justice and the American Way!

Funny I can still remember every word of the intro even after all these years. Some things you never forget.

 

Through the years I’ve continued to enjoy Superman, He has always seemed to be around. There were years of reruns, cartoon series on TV, all the Superman movies released in the late 70’s and 80’s, The Adventures of Superboy TV series that ran from 88 – 92, The Lois and Clark TV series that ran from 93 – 97, the big budget movie Superman Returns in 2006 and last but definitely not least, the TV show Smallville that premiered in 2001 and ran until it’s series ending finale last week. And which of these releases was the best. Nostagia makes me want to say the original Adventures of Superman was the best, but that’s  simply not true. The best is without a doubt  Smallville, the story of Clark Kent coming to terms with his destiny as Superman. It was highly successful as evidenced by its huge popularity, critical acclaim and its ten year run.  The casting was incredible. The cast of regulars brought the characters to life and made the viewers truly care about them or despise them as is the case with Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor, a man you loved to hate, yet at times you couldn’t help but feel sorry for.

I was an ardent fan and I really hated to see the show come to an end, but it went out just as strong and fresh as it came in. Smallville was truly a great show and gave us a hell of a ride. Thanks!  So until December 2012 when ‘Superman: Man of Steel ‘ the next new Superman movie premieres, I guess I’ll have to be content watching my Superman DVDs or maybe I’ll start looking for those old DC comics. I know they’re around here somewhere.

Just a thought…

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