By Rich Heldenfels
Beacon Journal popular culture writer
1938 cover of Action Comics' Superman. (Comic Book Investment Reports)
Kirk Alyn in 1948's serial Superman. (DC Comics)
Actor George Reeves, who portrayed Superman in the 1950s television seires, is shown in the role in this undated photo. (AP Photo)
George Reeves played the title character in television show, The Adventures of Superman. (Nickelodeon)
Joe Shuster is surrounded with drawings of Superman he and Jerry Siegel created in 1933 in this 1975 file photo. (AP Photo).
Larry Tye, author of Superman.
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