This 1948 Republic Serial starred Kirk Alyn, the first actor to portray the Man
of Steel. For millions of movie-goers, his was the face and voice of Superman.
The Last Son of Krypton and Earth’s Greatest Hero is 75 years old today! It’s on this day that Action Comics #1 was released, the comic book that introduced Superman to the world. Lois Lane, the feisty reporter love of his life, was also featured in the same story.
The iconic character that would form the kernel of our modern superhero mythology was born from the minds of two comic book geeks still in high school – writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Schuster (Lois Lane was based on Jerry Siegel’s real life love interest Joanne Siegel who became his wife).
Over the years, Superman has appeared in virtually every medium, beginning with the famous radio serial and moving television, movies, video games, apps and an amazing array of pop music, much of which we play here on Krypton Radio.
To commemorate the event, these events are planned:
- Superman flag will be raised on the steps of Cleveland City Hall with Superman in attendance
- Lights on city hall and the Terminal Tower will be blue, red, and yellow
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will have cupcakes for travelers and a birthday card for the hero at its recently-installed Superman Exhibit
- City’s website and social media sites will feature citizen tributes to Superman
The proclamation will take place Thursday at 1 p.m. on the front steps of Cleveland City Hall.
MTV Geek will be celebrating the birthday all day long. Such celebrations are happening all over the country, the internet is vibrating with the news. Perhaps in these dark times, we turn in our hearts to symbols of hope.
Happy Birthday, Superman. We sure need you now.
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