Ed Gross at CloserWeekly.com has published an article and podcast dedicated to the memory of George Reeves and his role as Superman in the 1950s “Adventures of Superman” TV series.
“As I got older, I saw how George Reeves brought the character to life in those early episodes,” says Michael Hayde, “and if there’s any drawback to them, it’s that Superman is all fists and fury and a serious demeanor. And later on Reeves got to bring more of himself into the role and became more of a personality and less the super traffic cop.”
Whatever misgivings George may have had early on, his appeal in the role is absolutely undeniable, whether you were a first generation viewer or not. “I think one of the big strengths was his portrayal of Clark,” suggests Steve Younis, who runs the Superman Homepage, the most popular site in the world devoted to the Man of Steel. “Clark Kent was obviously the dominant character in that series. Superman would show up to save the day, but Clark was doing the investigating and had the relationship with Lois and Jimmy, and then Perry White. I guess Clark almost played a father figure role, not just in the way the viewers of the show saw him, but the characters of the show, too. He was that guy that was looking out for everybody. He was just kind of endearing.”