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DC EXPLODES ON TV - NUMBER TEN 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 in television and film. Today it's cover number ten, SUPERMAN #72, featuring "Flight of the Failures!" This cover was shown on the Superman TV series starring 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 little 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 turns 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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