The New Adventures of Superman

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  • S 3 : Ep 16

    The Japanese Sandman (2)

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 15

    The Japanese Sandman (1)

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 14

    The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (2)

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 13

    The Ghost of Kilbane Castle (1)

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Luminians on the Loose (2)

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jack Grimes

    Jimmy Olsen

  • Jackson Beck

    Perry White/Narrator

  • Bud Collyer

    Clark Kent / Superman

  • Joan Alexander

    Lois Lane

  • Gil Mack

    voice of Mr. Mxyzptlk

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  • The New Adventures of Superman was an animated series that premiered on September 10, 1966. The series was produced by Filmation Associates and ran for three seasons. It was based on the popular Superman comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series focuses on the adventures of Superman an incredibly powerful superhero from the planet Krypton who defends Earth from all sorts of dangers. Superman's secret identity is Clark Kent a mild-mannered reporter for the newspaper "The Daily Planet". There Superman worked under newspaper editor Perry White with fellow reporter Louis Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen. The first season of the series ran from 1966 to 1967 under the title The New Adventures of Superman and featured two six minute Superman cartoons with one six minute Superboy cartoon played between them. Thirty-six Superman shorts and eighteen Superboy shorts were produced for the series. This guide features only the Superman cartoons featured in the series. For a complete listing of the Superboy cartoon featured in the series, see The Adventures of Superboy (1966). In the 1967-1968 season sixteen new episodes of The New Adventures of Superman ran as part of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. This hour long animated show featured episodes from a number of other cartoon series. In addition new Superman episodes, the show also featured eight new episode of The Adventures of Superboy (1966), thirty-six episodes of Aquaman, three episodes of The Green Lantern, three episodes of Hawkman, three episodes of The Justice League of America, three episodes of The Atom, three episodes of The Flash, and three episodes of The Teen Titans. In the 1968-1969 season was the third and final season of new episodes of The New Adventures of Superman. The artwork of the series changed to imitate that of Superman comic book artist Curt Swan. It also featured longer two-part episodes. The final sequence of sixteen shorts ran as part of The Batman/Superman Hour. This show also featured eight new episodes of The Adventures of Superboy (1966) and thirty-two animated episodes of Batman. The New Adventures of Superman was cancelled partly due to protests over violent content by Action For Children's Television. First Telecast: September 10, 1966 Last Telecast: September 6, 1969 Episodes: 68 Color Episodes (68 six minute episodes, 8 two-part episodes)moreless

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    • Lex Luthor: The man of flesh shall destroy the man of steel!

    • Narrator: Unseen by passersby, an unattended baby carriage is suddenly pushed into the busy traffic of Hillside Avenue in Metropolis. Quickly, it picks up momentum. Soon it is hurtling toward certain destruction in a busy intersection at the bottom of a steep hill.

    Notes (17)

    • The scene of Clark Kent changing into Superman is identical to the one used during the opening title sequence.

    • This is one of the few episodes where Superman defending either himself or the planet leads to the "deaths" of the villains (another being "The Pernicious Parasite"). Both the force phantom and the invading aliens are destroyed in the climax of this installment -- a result which would be unheard of in the animated cartoons of the 70's, 80's, and 90's.

    • A slightly different clothing scheme is used for Clark Kent, who wears a European red neck scarf tucked into his open shirt collar instead of his usual black necktie. However, his transformation into Superman is a standard stock footage shot.

    • Several of the scenes of Superman fighting the pterodactyls were used in the middle trailer shown after the Superboy episodes and before the final Superman episode in each episode.

    • Scenes from this excellent episode were used in the "middle trailer" between the Superboy and final Superman adventure in each half hour.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of the Wicked Warlock.

    • The design for Clark Kent and Superman in this episode, as well as the mild-mannered reporter's transformation into his alter ego, were based on Kurt Schaffenberger's drawings. The famous "changing scene" was used throughout the rest of the first and second seasons as stock footage whenever Clark would revert to his real identity as Superman.

    • Clark's transformation into Superman is not viewed in this episode, which is a rarity. Instead, after Clark leaves Lois, the scene cuts to the Man of Steel already transformed and standing heroically on the ship's deck while uttering the line -- "This is a job for Superman!"

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    • Superman saves a fighter plane from crashing to the ground -- but it's a good thing that it took so long for the aircraft to plummet through the air. Clark Kent spots the plane in its downward spin, has time to rush into a secluded spot, strip off his shirt to reveal the Superman costume (and utter the famous "This is a job for Superman" line) and fly into the air to save the pilot.

    • Clark Kent has accompanied Lois to the demonstration of Luna's device and is merely suspicious of the professor, but he's already in the process of stripping to his Superman costume when he hears Lois' screams coming from the other room.

    • The Halyah (a sort of Yeti monster) hurls a large boulder at a plane overhead -- which somehow travels hundreds of miles and is spotted by Clark Kent as he drives past the Taj Mahal. He strips to his Superman costume and destroys the boulder before it can destroy the treasured structure.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Does not hold a candle to the Fleisher animation some 25 years before. Cheap and repetitious animation and background music.

    By ronaldb8179, Feb 23, 2007

  • Important piece of Supes history

    By mcmacs, Jun 01, 2006

  • The second (I think) animated version of Superman. These were really great stories with great classic animation skills.

    By SammyJ131, May 06, 2006

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