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Thread: Throwback Thursday: 1988 CBS Superman 50th Anniversary TV Special

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    One wonders how DC ever signed off on this.

    "Hey Superman is turning 50! What should we do?"

    "How about a primetime TV special!"

    "Excellent, should we highlight his history, relevance on pop culture, entertainment and morals for society?"

    "No way, let's yuck it up. Remember those funny SNL skits with all the superheroes having a party? Let's do that, but for an HOUR... And present it straight so no one knows what to think!"

    "Perfect! This will undoubtedly increase profits for future Superman comics, movies, TV shows and merchandise because we'll point out how silly it all is!"

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    ^Well said.

    I would guess CBS got this over NBC, because CBS was soon to start airing the Ruby-Spears Superman animated series, and that was their anchor for their Saturday morning block.

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    This was also around the time Superman (as drawn by John Byrne) was on the cover of Time to celebrate the 50th anniversary...



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    ^Byrne reportedly HATED their use of "supernatural" to describe his powers (which was indeed erroneous) and that was another thing that pushed him to leaving the books when he did, shortly thereafter.

    I still have this issue somewhere...

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    Yeah, I remember that Time article being the final straw somehow. Byrne is a complicated dude but I do truly love his take on Superman, it was very well done.

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    I remember loving this issue at the time.
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    I recall being disappointed at not seeing Aquaman from the limo.

    I might still have this on VHS somewhere...
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