I Watched All The Comic Book Adaptations Of 1950, The Year Lex Luthor Appeared On The Big Screen

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I Watched All The Comic Book Adaptations Of 1950, The Year Lex Luthor Appeared On The Big Screen

Joe Heath is a big fan of comic books and watching things in order. So he made this spreadsheet containing every serial, short, film, television episode, commercial, motion comic, and web series based on a comic book. Now he’s watching them all. Previously, Joe watched the first ever Bat-Sequel. This time, he watches another Super Sequel.

Atom Man vs. Superman (July 20th, 1950)

This follow-up to Superman was released on July 20, 1950 by Columbia Pictures. The 15-part movie serial was directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet, who had previously directed Superman, Congo Bill, and Batman and Robin. He would go on to direct The Miraculous Blackhawk: Freedom’s Champion.

The serial was written by David Mathews, George H. Plympton, and Joseph F. Poland. Together, Plympton and Poland had previously written Superman. Separately, Plympton had previously written Hop Harrigan, The Vigilante, and Congo Bill, while Poland had previously written The Adventures of Captain Marvel, Spy Smasher, and Captain America. Plympton would later write The Miraculous Blackhawk: Freedom’s Champion.

While Batman and Robin was the first sequel based on a comic book, Atom Man vs. Superman is the first to actually feel like a sequel. It feels like a direct continuation with occasional references to events from the first serial, Superman.

And unlike Batman and Robin, it doesn't have an entirely different cast. Kirk Alyn (Superman/Clark Kent), Noel Neill (Lois Lane), Tommy Bond (Jimmy Olsen), and Pierre Watkin (Perry White) all return.

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