Superman: The Unauthorized Biography
Glen Weldon (Author)
A celebration of Superman's life and history - in time for his 75th birthday. How has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus tights to his growth into the internationally renowned demigod he is today.
Hardcover: 352 pages
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BEFORE WE BEGIN...
After Crisis on Infinite Earths in the comic books lead to one Superman and the John Byrne helmed mini series Man of Steel, we also had a new take on Superman - he was now Clark Kent. Clark Kent was the man and Superman was what he could do.
The Adventures of Superboy was nearing the end of its fourth season and its 100th episode. It was frequently a ratings winner and was one of the first shows that allowed comic book writers to control the direction of a show. Legal ramifications shut production down and gave way a year later to a newer take on Clark.
Where Superboy was a loose continuation of Superman: The Movie, Lois Lane's Daily Planet was being produced by Deborah Joy Levine to be a totally fresh take on the mythos focusing on a woman in a man's world making a life for herself and a career as a journalist - Superman at this point was absent. However when Superboy's cape was yanked from TV, Superman was free to join the cast and with the Man of Steel miniseries as a reference guide Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman premiered on September 12, 1993.
The idea of the show was that people focused on Lois & Clark themselves and only them. The result brought in audiences young and old hoping to see Lois & Clark get married and live happily ever after, with some Superman action thrown in for good measure.
The series spawned a new generation of fans and annoyed a few comic book purists with its twist and turns but ultimately and arguably, Lois Lane and Clark Kent became the hottest couple of the nineties.
Dean Cain - Clark Kent/Superman
Teri Hatcher - Lois Lane
Lane Smith - Perry White
Michael Landes - Jimmy Olsen (Season 1 only)
Justin Whalin - Jimmy Olsen (Seasons 2-4)
Tracy Scoggins - Cat Grant
K Callan - Martha Kent
Eddie Jones - Jonathan Kent
John Shea - Lex Luthor