The Adventures of Superman was a long running radio serial adapted from
the DC Comics character that originally aired from 1940 to 1951. It began as
a syndicated show on New York City’s WOR. The Serial went to the Mutual
network from August 31, 1942, to February 4, 1949 as a 15-minute show,
usually running three or five times a week. Superman was picked up by
the ABC radio network in October of 1949, returning to afternoon air
time twice a week until March 1, 1951. Bud Collyer played the title
role with Joan Alexander playing Lois Lane, both pictured below.
That well known signature opening of Superman, one
of the most famous in radio history, was delivered by
Jackson Beck (above), the announcer-narrator of the
show from 1943 to 1950.
First Superman comic