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John Byrne
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Posted: 05 January 2020 at 5:42am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

George Reeves, 1914-1959

For me, where it all started.

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Michael Penn
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My first Superman too and in some ways he'll always be my favorite. His Clark Kent remains definitive for me. Never occurred to me as a kid that he was maybe ten years too old for the role. 

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John Byrne
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Never occurred to me as a kid that he was maybe ten years too old for the role.

Kids see adults as old, no matter what their ages. Reeves' Superman seemed about the same age as my father (actually six years older) and that was all the consideration I gave it. The character as he was then appearing in the comics was kind of "middle aged", too.

(Might be because of that combo that I could not buy Superman as being 29.)

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Not sure what came first for me, Fleischer Superman, Reeves'.
I can recall my earliest memories being from each, a few years before I picked up a comic.
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I could never buy Superman as 29 either. I've seen letter columns from Superman comics in the early 60s. Whoever it was that answered letters -- I doubt it was Mort Weisinger himself -- said that Superman was 34. That seemed about right. Curt Swan did NOT draw a 29 year old Superman. (JB did, and before him José Luis García-López, but that's really it where artists on SUPERMAN or ACTION COMICS are concerned.) 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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I was too late for Reeves, though in retrospect I've enjoyed his work on Superman (especially his Clark Kent). 
For me it started with Reeve.
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I'm pretty sure the first Superman I saw was likely the one in the "Super Friends" cartoon,  and then the comics, but I am not certain.  Thanks to syndicated reruns,  though, I am certain I saw George Reeves on TV before Christopher Reeve in "Superman: The Movie," making George the first live-action Superman I saw.
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Super Friends was possibly my first introduction to the character, and/or the Filmation New Adventures or Superman cartoons from the 60's. Both the latter and Reeves' Adventures of Superman repeats were shown daily on local TV stations. I saw many, if not all, episodes of the Reeves series, most multiple times. I was definitely a fan. 

When SUPERMAN came out in 1978 (I was nine years old), Chris Reeve had slightly different take, but I enjoyed it, and feel it remains the definitive live action portrayal, though it would be years before I stopped watching the TV show (and mostly because stations stopped carrying it).
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