Look! Up in the sky! Itís a bird! Itís a plane! Itís Superman! The memorable radio opening is almost as famous as Supermanís colorful costume. Superman debuted in 1938 in the first issue of Action Comics and quickly took America by storm. "Faster than a speeding bullet," the Man of Steel rocketed from comic books into newspapers and radio and the silver screen. Less than two years after his comic book debut, Superman was being broadcast across the country at the speed of light. As the Man of Steel, Bud Collyer flew "up, up and away" in a syndicated series that debuted February 12, 1940 and soared into his long-running MBS daily serial on August 31, 1942. Much of Supermanís legendary mythology originated not in his four-color adventures but on his famous radio series. Copyboy Jimmy Olsen, editor Perry White, Inspector Henderson and the Daily Planet newspaper were introduced on the radio program, and the Man of Steel first encountered Batman and Robin and the deadly element kryptonite on the air. Superman flew off the radio airwaves on March 1, 1951 but landed in a successful syndicated television series the following year.
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