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Lobby Card, Superman in Scotland Yard

Lobby Card, Superman in Scotland Yard

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Promotional lobby card for the 1954 movie “Superman in Scotland Yard,” featuring an image of actor George Reeves (1914-1959) in the title role. The film was a compilation of three previously aired episodes of the popular television series “Adventures of Superman.” Superman’s costume appears yellow instead of blue as the image has discolored over time, a result of the printing process.
Premiering in 1952, the syndicated “Adventures of Superman” ran for 6 seasons and 104 episodes. The three episodes featured in “Superman in Scotland Yard” were taken from the show’s second season (1953-1954.) They include “A Ghost for Scotland Yard;” “Panic in the Sky;” and “Lady in Black.” The title character was played by actor George Reeves. The film also featured program stars Noel Neill (Lois Lane,) Jack Larson (Jimmie Olson,) and John Hamilton (Perry White.)
The character of Superman first flew into action in 1938. The costumed superhero was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland Ohio, who used, among other things, Classical mythology, philosopher Fredrich Nietzche’s concept of the “uber mensch,” and the era’s popular science fiction and adventure writing, for inspiration.
With his debut in Action Comics #1, Superman became an instant sensation with audiences, inspired by the “Man of Tomorrow’s” virtue and heroics at time when the Nation was slowly emerging from the economic catastrophe of the Great Depression and moving closer to World War.
Born on the doomed planet Krypton, Superman was sent to Earth as a child, where our world’s yellow sun granted him extraordinary powers such as flight, super-strength, near-invulnerability, as well as other extraordinary abilities including heat and X-Ray vision. As an adult living in the city of Metropolis, the alien, born Kal-El, protects his identity by assuming the persona of Clark Kent, a “mild-mannered” journalist.
Fighting for “Truth and Justice,” Superman birthed a cultural fascination with superheroes, and has become one of the most recognizable and influential fictional characters in history. In addition to comic books, the character has been explored in all forms of media, including radio, television, and film, and has been used to promote a variety of successful consumer products, educational initiatives and public service campaigns.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Card, Lobby
lobby card
Object Type
cards
Date made
1954
associated person
Neill, Noel
Larson, Jack
National Comics Publications, Inc.
depicted; associated person
Reeves, George
maker
National Comics Publications Inc.
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 14 in; 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
1987.0213.006
accession number
1987.0213
catalog number
1987.0213.006
1987.0213.006
Credit Line
Gift of DC Comics, Incorporated (through Paul Levitz)
subject
Motion Pictures
Superman
Television
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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