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Look! Up In The Sky! It’s A… Clock??

January 6, 2012

Alas, my first post of 2012, and it’s a day late: a January 5th birthday tribute to George Reeves who played television’s Superman in the 1950s.January 5th birthday tribute to George Reeves who starred in the 1950s Superman television series showing Daily Planet building clock, Clark Kent, and speeding bullet

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! 

The show’s opening sequence with its thrilling narration remains one of the most distinctive and best-loved in television history.

I’ll be posting other birthday tributes with a clock theme throughout the coming year.
It’ll be a great way for me to try out new techniques gleaned from Photoshop tutorials.
A clock theme seems ideal for birthdays: it denotes the passage of time and offers some interesting possibilities for image placement.

Here’s a larger detail image of the George Reeves tribute. Scroll down to view the original opening sequence of The Adventures Of Superman, circa 1952.

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What do you think? Have you ever seen the old television series? Do you like the idea of birthday tributes? Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    Love it! Your tribute is full of energy and shows the two identities AND has a black and white/graphic aspect to it. I’m sure that Perry White would’ve put it on the front page of the “Daily Planet!”

    LOL…yes, watched that (some in re-runs) when I was a kid. Could do the famous opening lines for you with no prompts and describe each image that flashed across the screen while the words were being spoken. I recall the old and new Lois’s, too.

    I’m old.

    Which leads me to birthday tributes: For me, no. For other people: YES!

    🙂

    LOVE this!

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    • January 6, 2012 9:00 PM

      The front page of The Planet?? Great Caesar’s Ghost!!– that’s Extra, Extra! high praise indeed– thank you!! : )

      I knew that series opening by heart myself, so we musta been watching it at about the same time. How we’ve managed to stay so young, I can’t imagine… : )

      I liked both Loises (Loises??), but particularly enjoyed Phyllis Coates’ harder edge. Her exasperated “Honestly, Clark–!” always made me laugh.

      Thanks as always for your Super support!! : )

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  2. January 8, 2012 8:11 PM

    It’s Super funny! 🙂

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  3. January 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    I love this and I agree that it’s super funny. 🙂

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  4. January 10, 2012 3:02 PM

    Oh Gawd yes! Used to love it when the bad guys would shoot at him and the bullets would bounce off, so instead they would throw their guns at him and he’d duck! Thanks for the post, and doing more is a great idea! ;-D

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    • January 10, 2012 4:47 PM

      Thanks, Dave! Your comment really made me laugh. I’d forgotten about the gun-ducking routine. Yup, the guns were more dangerous than the bullets! Funny how the crazy stuff always seems to make something more endearing. Cheers, and good luck in your never-ending battle for Truth, Justice, and Good Design!! : )

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  5. January 11, 2012 6:19 PM

    Mark, did you know George Reeves appears in the opening scene of 1939’s “Gone with the Wind”?

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    • January 11, 2012 8:53 PM

      Hi, David. I did know that incredible but true fact for a funny reason: Years ago, I went to see Gone at a revival theater– I’d never seen the movie before. When that scene came on, several people in the audience cried, “Look, it’s Superman!!” I was so startled, I almost blurted out the same thing myself!

      It must have been tough, being so identified with that role, but I doubt there are many actors more fondly remembered than he is. Many thanks for stopping by! : )

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