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Andy Mokler
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Posted: 15 September 2018 at 10:28pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

As a youngster I was often aggravated by color and black and white episodes of AOS.  I was a little too young to understand that the series had aired for years and some were older than others.  I think the first episode I must have seen was a later one and in color so it was imprinted on me that the show was in color.  

It always caused some anxiety waiting for the show to come on and hoping the TV wouldn't go on the fritz again and lose it's color just when the Superman show was on.  I'd fiddle with the knobs, twisting and twisting trying to get the color back, thinking I'd finally got when the commercial came on and then getting mad at the TV again when it went back to the show and turned black and white again.

Of course, I used to wonder why the song on the radio in the car didn't pick back up from when we got out of the car and turned it off.  Things were much different back when I was the center of the universe.
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Posted: 16 September 2018 at 11:21am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

It was a staple on our b&w tv in the early '70s. The opening and closing was always exciting even if an individual episode here and there was a bit run of the mill; you'd stick around just to see those bits again! No wonder the occasional dumb kid might actually have thought it was real and jump in the air with a towel tied around their neck back in the original airing time, I can see that, although not off a roof. I think a lot of kids would yell Shazam! back before that with that slender hope that it was worth one try. :^)
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Was it filmed in colour? I recall reading that Reeves
wore a brown outfit as the contrast looked better with
it being filmed in black and white.
I agree about the smile!
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I wish Reeves had at least altered his voice while being Clark Kent. Or Superman. Something to ensure that the two had different voices.
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 17 September 2018 at 12:00am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

 Bill Collins wrote:
...Was it filmed in colour? I recall reading that Reeves wore a brown outfit as the contrast looked better with
it being filmed in black and white...

Bill, the first few seasons were filmed and broadcast in black and white. And, yes, for those episodes the actual costume worn by Reeves was brown, gray, and white, instead of read, blue, and yellow. Later episodes were filmed in color, but original broadcasts of those episodes were still aired in black and white. They would eventually be broadcast in color when they were put into reruns after the series stopped production of new episodes.

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As an amusing experiment, watch "Superman's first night" from SUPERMAN - THE MOVIE (1978) with the color turned off. You'll very quickly see why Reeves wore that oddly colored suit for the black and white filming.

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I saw the grey and brown suit a couple time, and I loved it. I instantly understood what it was and its purpose.... and it was SUPERMAN'S suit!
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Thank`s Matt!
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A History of Superman's Costume
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While I’ll always view Reeve as the ultimate personification of the character for the original movie only, I think he was let down by the following films. There was something a little too alien in his approach that obviously was the version of the character in the books at the time. Reeves on the other hand, while not in the best physical shape, had the character and his humanity locked down so perfectly that it overcame whatever shortcomings there were production wise. I haven’t seen every episode but I can tell what endeared him to an entire generation as Superman. I doubt the likes of Cavill will be able to say the same. Maybe  if we could merge Reeve and Reeves we’d have the ultimate Superman.


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