Praise for Superman
“This exhaustive account of Superman’s creation and the fantastical increase in his powers over time is full of luscious old-school moments.” — Editors’ Choice, New York Times Book Review
“Larry Tye’s Superman is the book I wish I had written years ago.” — Noel Neill, Lois Lane in the TV Adventures of Superman.
“Following his bestselling Satchel Paige biography, Tye hits another home run . . . . Anyone looking for truth, injustice, and the American way will find it in this comprehensive, definitive history.” — Publishers Weekly
“If you liked reading THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, wait’ll you read Larry Tye’s TRUE story behind it all!” — Michael Uslan, comic book historian and executive producer of the Batman movies.
“Larry Tye writes with Lois Lane-like passion and moxie . . . With Jerry and Joe as the book’s trusty true-north, Tye is free to lead us like a reliable docent, his flights of narrative fancy always anchored in his easy authority.” — Washington Post
“I only wish I had the good fortune of reading Larry Tye’s book, Superman, before I made Superman, the Movie. — Richard Donner, director of Superman, the Movie
“I understand it all for the first time.” — Jack Larson, Jimmy Olsen in the TV Adventures of Superman.
A Selection of Photos from the Book
Superman was a favorite of Allied troops during World War II, and they showed their gratitude by naming after him their jeeps, tanks, landing craft, and, pictured here, a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.
The 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman welcomed back old fans of the comics and radio productions and introduced new ones to the Man of Steel narrative. For millions of children who grew up glued to that show, and for others who have watched it in reruns, when they envision Superman they see George Reeves, who is shown here nabbing two thugs. ABC via Getty Images.
It was the ultimate measure of celebrity in 1956: a guest slot on America’s most- watched TV show, I Love Lucy. It is tough to tell here who was having more fun: George Reeves as he flexed his bicep, or Lucille Ball as she felt his super-strong muscle. Getty Images.
The Superman TV show launched in 1993 was called Lois & Clark:The New Adventures of Superman. As the title suggested, the show was more interested in the relationship between the two journalists than in the ad- ventures of the superhero, and at least as interested in Lois as in Clark. ABC via Getty Images.
While he was a favorite of parents and even grandparents, Superman’s success in the early years resulted from his capturing the imagination of youths like this boy, seen reading a comic book in New York in 1946. Another favorite reading spot: under the bedcovers, at night, where a flashlight illuminated the pages. Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.
To sleep-deprived parents in the 1970s, a cartoon like Super Friends was a twofer: Kids were mesmerized by the animation, orchestrated by Hanna-Barbera, and the collaboration between Superman and such heroic friends as Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Robin, and Batman, while mom and dad delighted in the extra hours they got in bed. ABC via Getty Images.
Superman and his biographer.