Adventures of Superman, The

Asventures of Superman, The

Clayton "Bud" Collyer

Born in New York City on June 18, 1908

Died in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 8, 1969 of a circulatory ailment


MBS, ABC, 1938-1951

Originally syndicated in 1938-1939, this juvenile adventure program first appeared on Mutual in February of 1940. Clayton (Bud) Collyer starred as Superman/Clark Kent, Joan Alexander played Lois Lane, Julian Noa played editor Perry White and Jackie Kelk played newsboy Jimmy Olsen. Batman and Robin made occasional guest appearances. Usually a 15-minute late afternoon program, the show moved to ABC in 1949 as a 30-minute Saturday show, with Michael Fitzmaurice as Superman. The format was changed to twice weekly in 1950-1951, the last year of the run. Jackson Beck was the announcer. Many premiums were offered on the program, but most were not actually Superman premiums. Kellogg's Pep, the sponsor from 1943 to 1946, often place "Pep Pins" in each box of cereal. Some of these featured pictures of comic strip characters, and Superman was included as one of the characters, but all of the pins were promoted on the program.

As an aside, his daughter Cynthia lives in Mequon, Wisconsin and was once a guest speaker at the Milwaukee Area Radio Enthusiasts.