Classic Superheroes

Two superhero favorites of classic TV have landed on Heroes & Icons.

Starting February 2, Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves, and Batman, with Adam West and Burt Ward, will air Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

Adventures of Superman, which ran for 104 episodes over six seasons in syndication (1952-1958), also starred Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane (first season), Noel Neill in that role (seasons two through six), John Hamilton as Daily Planet editor Perry White, and Jack Larsen as eager-beaver photographer Jimmy Olsen.

The first two seasons were shot in black and white, giving the series a film noir feel. The last four were in color, although very few Americans owned color TVs at the time. (In 1954, the first Westinghouse color TV went on sale for $1,295, which is more than $12,000 in 2018 dollars.) In switching to color, the series took on a more kid-friendly tone.

Here’s the series’ first episode:

Batman, which lasted a total of 120 half-hour episodes over three seasons on ABC (1966-1968), is a camp favorite featuring guest villain appearances by Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Frank Gorshin and a host of others. Cast regulars also included Alan Napier as Alfred, silent film leading man Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon, Stafford Repp as Chief O’Hara, and Yvonne Craig as Batgirl (season three).

Photographed like a comic book come to life, Batman famously entertained kids while winking at adults. Consider this compilation of Bat-climbs with cameos by Jerry Lewis, Dick Clark, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others:

You can watch Heroes & Icons with an antenna attached to your TV. Check Heroes & Icons’ “Where to Watch” page to find the channel in your area.

Adventures of Superman will air back-to-back episodes starting at 6 am, Saturdays and Sundays, followed by two Batman episodes at 7 am.

Check heroesandiconstv.com/schedule for the exact times in your area.

You can also stream Adventures of Superman episodes for free on Dailymotion. Episodes are also available to purchase for $1.99 from Google Play and other providers.

Individual Batman episodes are available to buy for $1.99 from YouTube and other sources.

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