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ISSUE NO. 514

DC EXPLODES ON TV - NUMBER 3 OF TWELVE
Superman 72: "The Flight of The Failures!"

We continue with "DC Explodes on TV," counting down the top 12 covers of DC comics as seen on television. Today it's cover number 10, SUPERMAN 101, which was shown in the original Superman TV series staring George Reeves, in the episode "The Birthday Letter."

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A crippled little girl idolizes Superman, and reads his comic book...
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Here's the issue she's reading, Superman #72, September 1951.
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Did the litle girl read THIS disturbing blurb on the cover?
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Not to mention THIS scandalous splash page, also seen in the issue...
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Never mind all that, guess who comes to meet the little girl in person!

Happy ending! And believe it or not, the very same issue of Superman also turned up in a second episode of the Superman TV show. We'll examine that episode at length in a future issue of our "DC Explodes on TV" series!
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The Superman cover (below, left) that inspired the DBB cover (below, right).
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The original promo (below, left) used to create the DBB ad (below, right).
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