Wednesday, June 28, 2006

‘Superman’ Radio Really Responsible For Myth More Than Comic Books

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Superman is best known as a comic book character, but he owes the main elements of his myth to his days as a radio star.

That’s according to radio historian Anthony Tollin, who says Superman mainstays like Kryptonite, newspaper editor Perry White and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen all appeared on the Superman radio show months before appearing in the comic books.

Not only that, but radio is where the Man of Steel first teamed up with his pal, Batman.

The Superman radio show not only developed the hero’s character, but it also influenced America’s civil rights movements.

Tollin says back in the 1940s, the series featured “groundbreaking plots about racial and religious pressure” and one plotline had Superman battling a Ku Klux Klan-type group called the Clan of the Fiery Cross.

Superman Returns opens in theaters today (June 28) and Tollin hopes the film inspires fans to check out tapes and CDs of the old radio broadcasts.

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