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The Adventures of Superboy

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7.1/10 TV

Country of origin  United States
Running time  25 minutes
Director  George Blair
Program creator  Whitney Ellsworth
Set decoration  Charles S. Thompson
7.5/10 IMDb

Created by  Whitney Ellsworth
No. of episodes  1
Initial release  1961
Number of episodes  1
Art director  Jack T. Collis
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Starring  Johnny RockwellBunny Henning

Similar  Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Smallville, Superman: The Animated Series

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The Adventures of Superboy is a proposed TV series that was put into production in 1961. It was meant to capitalize on the success of Adventures of Superman, which went out of production in 1957. Only a pilot episode ("Rajah's Ransom") was produced, although 12 additional scripts were prepared, should the series be picked up.


It featured the first non-comic book portrayals ever of Superboy and Lana Lang and stands as a forerunner of later series Superboy, which lasted four seasons and Smallville, which lasted ten seasons.

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  • Johnny Rockwell as Superboy/Clark Kent
  • Bunny Henning as Lana Lang
  • Monty Margetts as Martha Kent
  • Guest cast

  • Ross Elliot as Fred Drake
  • Charles Maxwell
  • Robert Williams
  • Richard Reeves as Shorty Barnes
  • Yvonne White as Miss Gibbs
  • Stacy Harris as Jake Ferde
  • Jimmy Bates as Jimmie Drake
  • Ray Walker as Mr. Edlund
  • True Ellison as Donna
  • Video and DVD releases

    The only stand-alone releases so far for The Adventures of Superboy have been from specialty distributors, such as Video Rarities, which released it on VHS along with The Adventures of Superpup and screen test footage as Superboy and Superpup: The Lost Pilots.

    This pilot episode has been included in the 62-disc DVD box set of Smallville: The Complete Series, released by Warner Home Video in November 2011, along with additional bonus features not included in the individual season releases of Smallville.

    Other media

    A book titled Superboy and Superpup: The Lost Videos, written by Chuck Harter, was published in 1993 by Cult Movies Press. It looked at both The Adventures of Superboy pilot and The Adventures of Superpup pilot, as well as the 12 additional Superboy scripts that were prepared had the Superboy pilot been picked up as a series.

    A short clip of this pilot can be seen in the documentary Look, Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman.


    The Adventures of Superboy Wikipedia