Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Bud Collyer

Yesterday would have been Clayton "Bud" Collyer's 100th birthday.
Collyer was the first actor to give voice to Superman. He played the Man of Steel on radio through most of the 1940s, using a pleasant tenor voice for Clark Kent, then shifting to a base for Superman. His spot-on characterization was one of the strengths of a classic old-time radio show.

He also gave voice to Superman in the classic Fleischer studio cartoon made in the 1940s. (He returned in the 1960s to play Superman in the not-so-classic Filmation cartoons.)

For your viewing pleasure, here's one of the best of the Fleischer cartoons:

The Mechanical Monsters

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