Picks and Pans Review: Atom Man Vs. Superman, Vol 2

updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In Clark Kent mode, Kirk Alyn, the star of this 1950 15-parter, ranks with George Reeves and Christopher Reeve as cinematic mild-mannered reporters. As Superman, though, he's feeble. He's not helped by this serial's flying sequences, where an animated figure is drawn over the otherwise live action. Lois Lane is played by Noel Neill, who was Lois in the TV series. Lyle Talbot does a splendid Luthor, who in this case is working up some atomic-powered devices. Brandishing one, he promises to send Supe to "an eternity of endless wandering into the empty doom." A highlight, if that's the word, is an early use of documentary A-bomb test footage in a fictional context. It's still scary to see, all these years and megatons later. (Warner, $59.95)

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