Superman - Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
President Monroe "Magic Coin" is used to teleport people
The 1950 Columbia pictures serial film "Atom Man vs. Superman" shows a "Magic Coin"
used to teleport people. The coin is a dollar-sized film prop token with President James Monroe on it.
It was based on the popular Action Comics character Superman and followed the 1948 serial "Superman".
able to fly, super strength, and x-ray vision. He has a cover identity as Clark Kent, who works as a
newspaper reporter for the Daily Planet newpaper in the city of Metropolis, U.S.A.
new reporter. Their boss is the newspaper's editor Perry White.
turned to crime. Lothor has his headquarters in a cave and has several middle-aged men working for him.
several types of ray guns including a heat ray, a thermal gun, a sonic vibrator ray, an Atomic Reduction Ray,
a flying saucer, and a rocket. Later on a Directional Cyclotron is added.
use this weakness to destroy Superman. Lothor also has an alternate identity, "Atom Man",
who always wears a mask.
Each chapter has a title card.
2. Chapter 1 Heading - Superman Flies Again
The title one refers to the previous 1948 serial "Superman".
3. Perry White, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen
Perry has a police radio which also receives broadcasts from Lothor.
4. Lothor on the radio
Lothor issues threats against Metropolis and warns the police and Superman to stop looking for him.
6. Robbers busted
One pulls out a coin which causes the robbers to disappear.
It is called a "Magic Coin" or "Activated Coin" and activates Lothor's
Matter Transmission Machine which teleports people to and from his headquarters.
7. The Magic Coin appears
The coin is a US silver dollar sized prop coin with which has a picture of US President James Monroe on it.
Only one side of the coin is shown in this film.
An example of the prop coin obverse:
8. Los Angeles Rubber Stamp Company - Motion Picture Prop Coin - Bird of Paradise
White metal, 35mm, 9.28gm
Obverse: President James Monroe facing half left, no text
Reverse: Bird of Paradise and man kneeling in temple surrounded by eight-pointed rounded star, no text
These tokens were made for motion picture use.
Atom Man finally appears in Lothor's cave hideout.
9. Atom Man appears
A "Magic Coin" is brought to the Daily Planet offices.
10. Perry examines a Magic Coin
Lothor now owns a television station and is claiming to no longer commit crimes.
11. Superman flies Lois away
The flying sequences in this film were done using animation.
12. Superman uses X-ray vision to examine a Magic Coin
He finds that it is mostly silver with some copper and a mystery element.
13. Lois holds a Magic Coin
It transports her to Atom Man's hideout.
14. Atom Man holds Lois at his cave
Lothor's men have stolen some Plutonium which is needed to make synthetic Kryptonite.
15. Lothor examines the box of Plutonium
Superman is lured to Lothor's hideout and given Kryptonite.
16. Chapter 8 Heading - Into the Empty Doom
Lothor puts the reduced Superman into his transporter machine.
17. Superman enters the transporter
Luthor sends Superman to the "Empty Doom" which is something like the Fourth Dimension.
18. Superman passes a message to Lois
Lothor has a televison set.
19. An early television set
Superman finds the cave and slugs Atom Man, knocking off his head.
20. Atom Man loses his head
This Atom Man is apparently a robot.
21. Lois works a television camera
Another one of Lothor's inventions, a security camera.
22. Lothar's security camera catches a burglar
Lothor gets out his Flying Saucer.
23. The Flying Saucer arrives
One of Lothar's man has an old-fashioned weapon handy.
24. Lothar's man with a rifle
The rifle appears to be a Winchester Model 1894.
25. Superman rides again
Superman steers the rocket into the ocean.
26. Lois receives a gift
It is "from an admirer".
27. A mounted Magic Coin
Lois is transported to Lothar's cave, where he takes her onto his rocket.
28. Lothar's rocket flies into space
Lothar picks up an uninvited passenger.
29. Lothar's rocket has surprise passenger
Lothar is taken in hand and he and Lois are flown back to Earth.
30. Lothar busted
Lois still wonders if Superman and Clark Kent are related.
Kirk Alyn as Superman / Clark Kent
Noel Neill as Lois Lane
Tommy Bond as Jimmy Olsen
Lyle Talbot as Luthor / Atom Man
Writers: George H. Plympton, Joseph F. Poland, David Mathews