1951-1957: George Reeves as Superman, with Lucille Ball Following successful Superman film serials starring Kirk Alyn in 1948, George Reeves steps into the tights for full-length feature "Superman vs. the Mole Men" in 1951. The movie rakes in money and serves as an unofficial pilot for "The Adventures of Superman," which runs on television from 1952 to 1957. Reeves also stars as Superman in several movies, and even appears in costume on "I Love Lucy."
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