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And in the 90s, starting right after the death of Superman, we have Lois and Clark. Now, Teri Hatcher was the most downloaded image on the internet during that time. People wanted to see Superman but they wanted to see Lois Lane just a little bit more, if you know what I mean. And so, we have a lot of images and so forth, a lot of publicity material for that show. It was a different take on Superman. It was more about Lois Lane’s view of what was going on in the world that had Superman and of course Dean Cain who portrayed Superman on the Lois and Clark series. They did an excellent job as again another incarnation of Superman and Clark Kent and here we have an array of TV guides, one of his original costumes here. Teri Hatcher also played a superhero in one of the episodes and her name was Ultra Woman and we have a lot of evening gowns and so forth that were used in the series. This was her dress in another episode. You could see she’s wearing it here. Probably the most significant Lois Lane outfit was this wedding dress when she got married to Superman. What a letdown that was for a lot of people because it took the secret away of who Superman was and so forth and you know, as you’re watching these shows and watching these movies and growing up, you like to be the only one who knows that Clark Kent is Superman, right? I mean you don’t want to give that secret away.
Lois Lane learned the secret so, that was kind of like moonlighting the end of the excitement of that series. It did write its full length and in some occasion and its certainly not Superboy series out of the Ball Park of syndication but Lois and Clark overall was a great series and we get a lot of visitors here that want to see Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain and their respective roles.
Now here we’re going back into my favorite part of Superman and it’s the part that got me into Superman in the first place. You bet, there’s a Superman starring George Reeves. George Reeves to me was Superman and he took the role very seriously. A lot of kids growing up at the time took him seriously and that’s why when they had costumes and so forth that they were to sell at the various department stores, they put little disclaimers in there telling you that if you put the costume on, you couldn’t fly that only Superman has those powers and just because you wore the cape, doesn’t mean you should be jumping off of a two-storey roof or off of a building or off the garage or something like that which we all use to do. You know, you put a towel around your neck and you’re going to fly.
At any rate, Superman would make, George Reeves would make public service announcements and appear of a lot of the department stores with the costumes, signing autographs and so forth, having a lot of fun with the kids and talking to them and making sure that they understood and realize that only Superman could fly.
Now, it’s an interesting part of his promotional career and promoting the series was running around the country, feeling a little bit responsible for a lot of the broken arms and broken legs and so forth that were coming up because of the fact, the kids were jumping off the roof with costumes on.
A lot of this stuff is very rare. They would bridge three episodes together, send them over season, call him a full length picture film and a lot of these rare posters here from Australia, a lot of those sponsors are hitting the $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 mark. If you count the posters from 1951 where Superman and George Reeves became very popular to Box Office, they wanted to make sure before they turn it to a television series, the disputes upon Superman could fly. And they wanted that to fly at the Box Office two and it did. It was very popular. The George Reeves post quotes, did the film and the demand for the television series was an all-time high by the time it hit making 53. They already have a lot of the television series in the cam by that time for almost two years but they told him to take the money and run. Jack Larson who played Jimmy Olsen and Noel Neill who played Lois Lane in the later episodes and also, she was Lois Lane of the Kirk Allan serial so she’s our official lady of Metropolis and First Lady of Metropolis.
Noel comes here every year to visit and we have a lot of fun with her talking her about the old series and she really has found a second home here. She’s from Hollywood but she found a second home here. She loves to come here. she’s been a good friend of mine for well over 25 years and she has a lot of fun. We have a lot of fun when she shows up but this is George Reeves and a lot of these is promotional material, very rare promotional material from the television series and from the full length picture film because when George Reeves died, it kind of ruined the opportunity to market the character in a way that they wanted to market the character. It wasn’t in the headlines. It wasn’t George Reeves dies, it was Superman dies and this was their golden goose.
So, they did what they could to just kind of brush that chapter away and we who grew up in the 50s would not allow them to do that, so we kept George’s legend alive and a lot of the things he did with—and a lot of the things he did for children’s hospital and so forth. He did more and gave more money away than he ever made a Superman and he was a very giving person and a very good role model and a lot of us especially those of us who grew up without a father, got him attached to ourselves to this guy because he was the no nonsense kind of Superman. He took it seriously. When he turned into Clark Kent, he didn’t turn into goofy, you know. He turned into a guy, a reporter. You took him serious but you knew the difference between the two roles. A lot of people don’t realize that, you think about well, how come they never recognized Clark Kent when he puts on his glasses? Well see, here’s a scientific explanation for that. The glasses, the lenses are made out of the shield from the rocket ship that Superman came to earth in. So, it has a hypnotic power over anybody who comes in contact with Clark Kent. So, there’s your scientific reason.
You know, the one word that used here a lot even though this isn’t the most prestigious museum so far for Superman because we have a lot of other plans that we’d like to and still later on down the line but people come in here from all over and it is amazing. It’s amazing to them. It’s amazing to me that I’m able to wake up every morning and come down here and greet people and watch them taking pictures of the statue and having a lot of fun with the characters that has been around for as long Superman has been around and to Superman to our troops, I salute. Up, up and away with Superman. Come on down.