Superman Book & Record Sets

By Steve Younis

Superman has been the subject of a number of Book & Record Sets over the years. Many were released on cardboard or vinyl records with accompanying read-along books.

Here's an initial attempt at cataloging the Superman Book & Record Sets. (Please contact me if you know of any others)...

Note: This list does not include audio dramatizations (such as those based on comics, novels or movies).

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Superman's Christmas Adventure Superman's Christmas Adventure (1941)
Label: Decca Records
Type: 78rpm vinyl records
10" in size. By the Superman Players under direction of Jack Johnstone. Record #3996. (I don't think a book came with this)
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Flying Train Superman: The Flying Train (1947)
Label: Musette Records
Copyright: National Comics Publications Inc.
Type: 78rpm vinyl records
7.25" x 7.75" in size, with 12-page book with flap on inside front cover. Flap holds two 7" dia. blue vinyl records. Book features full color story art plus text to be followed along with on the record. Features original Superman radio show cast.
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Magic Ring Superman: The Magic Ring (1947)
Label: Musette Records 78rpm
Copyright: National Comics Publications Inc.
7.25" x 7.75" in size, with 12-page book with flap on inside front cover. Flap holds two 7" dia. cardboard records. Book features full color story art plus text to be followed along with on the record. Features original Superman radio show cast.
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Official Adventures of Superman The Official Adventures of Superman (1966)
Label: Leo the Lion Records 33 1/3rpm
33 1/3 rpm, mono 12 inch vinyl record. Produced and directed by Herb Gale. Features Bob Holiday as Superman, Jackson Beck, Joan Alexander, Peter Fernandez, Jack Grimes, Ronald Liss and George Petrie. 1. Superhero comics--Miscellanea. 2. Television programs--Excerpts. I. Gale, Herb. II. Holiday, Bob. III. Superman. Call no.: PN6728.S8L5

No book, just a record.

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The Origin of Superman The Origin of Superman (1966)
Label: Golden Story Teller Record Comic (National Periodical Publications, Inc.) 33 1/3rpm
"The Story of Superman's Life" - The origin of Superman: The true history of Clark Kent; from Superbaby - to Superboy - to Superman! Plus a complete adventure: "Superman's Mystery Power!" LP record and comic book, a membership card, a pin, and a secret code, all packed in a box.

NOTE: The theme song used at the start of this record is a shortened version of a 45rpm record also released in 1966. You can listen to the full song here.

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The Origin of Superman Children's Treasury of Superman Musical Stories (1966)
Label: Tifton 45rpm
The album features 12 songs about Superman and his cast of characters. There's two each for Superman, Lois, Jimmy, Superboy, Krypto, and Mr. Mxyptlk (that's how they spelled it back then).

No book, just a record.

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Alien Creatures Superman: Alien Creatures (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: Alien Creatures" via YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2).

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Weatherspoons Catalyst Superman: Weatherspoon's Catalyst (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.
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PO Box 65 Superman: P.O. Box 65 (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.
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Mystery of the Mad Minnows Superman: Mystery of the Mad Minnows (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.
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Best Cop in the World Superman: The Best Cop in the World (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: The Best Cop in the World" via YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2).

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The Mxyzptlk Up Menace Superman: The Mxyzptlk Up Menace (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: The Mxyzptlk Up Menace" via YouTube.

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Tomorrow the World Superman: Tomorrow the World (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: Tomorrow the World" via YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2).

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Man from Krypton Superman: The Man From Krypton (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: The Man From Krypton" via YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2).

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City Under Siege Superman: City Under Siege (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to "Superman: City Under Siege" via YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2).

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Killer Bees Superman: The Killer Bees (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.
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Killer Bees Superman: Star of Bangalore (1975)
Label: Power Records (a Division of Peter Pan Industries)
33 1/3 vinyl record.
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Light Up the Tree Mr President Superman: Light Up the Tree, Mr President (1978)
Label: Peter Pan Records
33 1/3 RPM (7 inch) vinyl record
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Krypton to Metropolis Superman from Krypton to Metropolis (1982)
Label: Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price Library of Storytapes & Books - Written by E. Nelson Bridwell. Art by Ross Andru, Adrian Gonzales, Mike DeCarlo, and Gene D'Angelo. Witness the history of Superman - From Krypton to Metropolis - in this Fisher-Price children's book and cassette. Also featuring the Man of Steel's turbulent history with the diabolical Lex Luthor! Comes with a story cassette tape. Hardcover, 62 pages, full color.
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Justice League of America: The Lunar Invaders Justice League of America: The Lunar Invaders (1982)
Label: Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price Library of Storytapes & Books - Directed and produced by Christopher Cerf. Narrated by Kathy Mullen. 62 pages book and cassette tape.
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Neutron Nightmare Superman and the Neutron Nightmare (1984)
Label: EMI/Golden Wonder
Cassette Tape
Superman has only 60 minutes to save the entire population of Metropolis from total destruction. Written by Marv Wolfman.
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Solartron Belt Superman versus the Solartron Belt (1984)
Label: EMI/Golden Wonder
Cassette Tape
Superman meets a brilliant renegade physicist who bears an awesome grudge. Written by Cary Bates.
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Super Power Collection: The Darkseid Saga Super Powers Collection: The Darkseid Saga (1984)
Label: Kenner Products/Eva-tone Soundsheets
33 1/3 RPM (7 inch) vinyl stereo record.
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Superman in Death from a Distant Galaxy Superman in Death from a Distant Galaxy (1985)
Label: EMI Records (UK)/A Kington Production
Cassette Tape.
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Darkseid of the Moon
Battle for Apokolips
"Super Powers" Kid Stuff Series (1985-86)
Label: Kid Stuff/Kid Vid Productions
The "Super Powers" Kid Stuff series was a series of three episodes released on VHS, audio cassette and vinyl record in 1985-1986 to tie in with the Super Powers action figures. The records and audio cassettes came with a storybook to read along with. Kid Vid Productions produced these animated videos for their Kid Stuff line.

Note: You can watch/read/listen to these via YouTube:
Battle At the Earth's Core (Part 1 & Part 2)
Darkseid...of the Moon (Part 1 & Part 2)
The Battle for Apokolips! (Part 1 & Part 2)


Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Double Trouble (1989)
Label: Ladybird
Written by David Levin. Illustrated by Robin Davis. Hard cover book and cassette tape.
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Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Man of Steel - Part 1: From Out of the Green Dawn (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Man of Steel - Part 2: The Story of the Century (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Man of Steel - Part 3: One Night in Gotham City (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Superman: Man of Steel - Part 4: Enemy Mine (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Man of Steel - Part 5: The Mirror, Crack'd (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Superman: Double Trouble Superman: Man of Steel - Part 6: The Haunting (1989)
Label: MPI
Written by John Byrne. Cassette tape.
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Note: Power Records released various LP record compilations which collected together a number of the above stories in one package.
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