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Superman
Genre Action / Animation
Created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster (characters)
Written by Cherie Wilkerson
Directed by Cosmo Anzilotti
Bill Hutten
Tony Love
Voices of See cast section below
Opening theme "Superman March"
Composer(s) Ron Jones
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Larry Huber
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Enterprises
DC Comics
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Stereo
Original run September 17, 1988 – December 10, 1988

Superman was a 1988 animated Saturday morning television series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions and Warner Bros. Television that aired on CBS featuring the DC Comics superhero of the same name (coinciding with the character's 50th anniversary, along with the live-action Superboy TV series that year). Veteran comic book writer Marv Wolfman was the head story editor, and noted comic book artist Gil Kane provided character designs.

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Format

This series is the third animated Superman series proper (the second was the Filmation-produced The New Adventures of Superman). It's also notable for being the first appearance of the Superman mythos following John Byrne's major relaunch of the character (the series reflected the new conception with a measured fidelity, such as having his major recurring enemy, Lex Luthor as a corrupt billionaire industrialist as in the comics). Like the comics, Luthor is fully aware that the large ring he wears is fastened with a kryptonite stone. Other characters include Cybron (a pastiche of Brainiac whose Post-Crisis conception was still undecided at the time) and an appearance of Wonder Woman, which was her first non-print appearance since George Pérez's reworking of the character for the post-Crisis era. Wonder Woman was portrayed by voice actress B.J. Ward, who had previously provided her voice as Wonder Woman in the final season of the Super Friends, which was called The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Classic characters included Jimmy Olsen, who bow-tied appearance, and Perry White's gruff explanations of "Great Ceasar's Ghost!" exactly to their classic concepts as Lois Lane maintained being an assertive women with initiative both in style and business attitude. A new character to the series was Jessica Morganberry, who appeared to be a ditzy blonde live-in girlfriend of Lex Luthor and whom he fully confided his schemes in her, and was inspired by Miss Tessmacher of the Superman movie.

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The "Superman Family Album"

The final four minutes of each Superman episode were devoted to a brief snapshot from the "Superman Family Album." These biographical segments deviated from the contemporary comics to have Clark have his powers fully developed since infancy as opposed to developing as he matured, which causes problems as in the earlier episodes he uses his powers whenever it suits him, and in the later episodes as he gets older he lessens the use of his Kryptonian superpowers, preferring to use his mind to solve problems first. These stories depicted the Smallville misadventures of the young Kryptonian immigrant as he faces typical childhood trials with his first day at school, an overnight scouting campout, getting a driver's license, his first date, graduation from high school, and ultimately his premiere as Superman.

Ties to other Superman adaptations

The series is also of note due to its use of re-orchestrated versions of John Williams' classic themes[1][2][3][4] from 1978's Superman: The Movie, as well as an opening sequence that delivered the same narration as the 1950s Adventures of Superman television series.

DVD release

Superman Ruby-Spears DVD cover.

As a 50th anniversary gift to fans, DC Comics' Man of Steel was given a brand-new Saturday morning cartoon in 1988. Now, fans of all ages can finally join the celebration when Warner Home Video (WHV) and DC Comics release Ruby-Spears Superman, a 2-disc collection of cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, on November 3, 2009 for US$26.99 SRP. Order due date is September 29, 2009.[5]

Episodes

Episode number Title Initial airing
1 Destroy the Defendroids/The Adoption September 17, 1988
2 Fugitive From Space/The Supermarket September 24, 1988
3 By the Skin of the Dragon's Teeth/At the Babysitter's October 1, 1988
4 Cybron Strikes/The First Day of School October 8, 1988
5 The Big Scoop/Overnight with the Scouts October 15, 1988
6 Triple-Play/The Circus October 22, 1988
7 The Hunter/Little Runaway October 29, 1988
8 Superman and Wonder Woman vs. The Sorceress of Time/The Birthday Party November 5, 1988
9 Bonechill/The Driver's License November 12, 1988
10 The Beast Beneath These Streets/First Date November 19, 1988
11 Wildshark/To Play or not to Play November 26, 1988
12 Night of the Living Shadows/Graduation December 3, 1988
13 The Last Time I Saw Earth/It's Superman December 10, 1988

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