Growing up I had lots of television favorites. Several of which I knew that l liked, although not fully aware at the time of why. Annette Funicello was my favorite Mouseketeer. It was a few years later in my teen development before I realized why. At that age I had very little grasp on the nature of 'sex' however, just knew I liked her. Enough said.
Old movies on TV were also a favorite after school. After doing my farm duties, homework and while waiting for my Grandfather to get home from the general store, I watched and re-watched. I was fascinated by beauties dancing in flowing gowns and heels - Judy Garland with Fred Astaire in (Easter Parade), Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelley, (Singin' in the Rain)....
However, my all time favorite TV character was Superman. According to Tyranny of Style, "Superman first graced the small screen in the television show Adventures of Superman that ran from 1951-1958, starring George Reeves." If it was on, I was going to watch on my grandparent's DuMoint TV.
|George Reeve and Phyllis Coates |
the first TV Lois Lane.
It was not that he was a macho muscle man of steel, (something I was never going to be able to emulate) or that I had some secret crush on a guy. Annette already had my heart.
I can only understand the possible fascination now and this may be overthinking hindsight. First Clark Kent had a secret life and as obvious as it was to me, no one else knew (wink-wink). I was already working on my secret life.
He could jump into a phone booth (remember those) and change into a completely different person.
Lastly, the outfit was a little on the girly side with the leotard, cape and boots. The costume was always underneath. Also as an extra, I liked Lois Lane. If I could not be Superman, then maybe I could be Lois with a quick change in a phone booth.
Give me a break - I was only 8 years old....
George Reeves' ultimate outcome was sad - Not the man of steel we envisioned.
|Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves, 1950's.|