Superman and the Secret Planet” adapted fan comic

Superman and the secret planet

I thought it would be fun to look back on ” Superman and the Secret Planet”, A proposed  big budget Superman film. In 1957 a script was commissioned from David Chantler, who had written many of the TV scripts.  In 1958 John Hamilton, who had played Perry White died of a heart attack, Pierre Watkin was brought on to replace him ( Pierre played Perry White in the Superman serials). In 1959 George Reeves died of an apparent suicide. The film would have used the same cast of the television series. Sadly the film was never made, But luckily Superman fan Randy Garrett has adapted the script in comic book format.

From the keyboard of Randy Garrett:

For whatever reasons, Superman and the Secret Planet was never produced. But, “What if…?” Indeed, what if the movie had been made… and what if DC had created a comic book version from it? Well, maybe we would have seen something like the pages you’re about to see here… my attempt at doing just that… my comic book version of Superman and the Secret Planet.”I began drawing these pages thanks to the enthusiasm and encouragement of Don Holmes, Jim Nolt, and many other good friends. Special thanks also go to Lou Koza who has the eye of an artist and who is supplying some great suggestions. One other person, the all time great Superman artist, Curt Swan, should also receive credit. Like George Reeves, Swan was greatly underappreciated by the industry that used up his wonderful talent. I certainly don’t place my artwork in the same class as his, but if you’re familiar with his work, you may recognize some of his layouts and poses as the pages unfold. The dialogue for the story will come directly from the movie script.

Below is the first page of thirty eight, click on the link to view the rest. There is an option to read with or without sound. Source: The Adventure Continues website.


Superman and the secret planet

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Thomas ODonnell

Thomas ODonnell

My love of comics started at the age of 5, when visions of mythic beings fought their way across my TV screen. Batman '66, Super Friends, Wonder Woman, and Superman '78 filled my early childhood with imagination and adventure. Soon enough I found the spinner rack! Batman, Justice League and DC's Who's Who kept me coming back for more. I've seen the death of hope, justice broken, a light extinguished, and a universe torn! A kingdom come, the lightning return, a triumph of evil and a multiverse reborn!