Bob Holiday, Broadway's First Superman
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"What's My Line?"

Another popular game show that had a connection with "It's A Bird It's A Plane It's Superman©"

Recently Jim Nolt—owner of "The Adventures Continue" website, a tribute to George Reeves and the cast and crew of the Adventures of Superman—alerted that the classic game show What's My Line? featured a critically important member of the "It's A Bird It's A Plane It's Superman ©" team, Peter Tofts.

Enjoy this excerpt from this 1966 episode of "What's My Line?"

View the entire episode here.
The full episode includes Natalie Wood as the mystery guest of the show.

Peter Tofts was so important to "It's A Bird It's A Plane It's Superman©" that the entire back page article of the Playbill was dedicated to him.

"The Back Page" by Joan Alleman Rubin

"Up, Up, and Away" shouts Superman, assuming the traditional man-flying pose—knees bent, one arm forward, one arm back. At that moment he is lifted (by the wire attached to his waist) gently like a feather in the wind from the center stage and whisked in a high arch toward the top of the proscenium.
Backstage the flight of our blue-clad hero is equally exciting. Peter Tofts, a twenty-eight year old Englishman ... stands poised on a 15-foot perch. At the very moment he hears the cue—"up, up, etc." he grabs the heavy rope dangling above him and leaps to the floor. (It's a little like see-saw, one man down and another up). Simultaneously, his assistant pulls on yet another rope which gives the strongest man on earth the necessary forward motion....
He considers Superman his hardest assignment to date. For one thing, flying 225-pound Bob Holiday is not like flying a small dancer—"A dancer gives you lift. Bob, just walks to his position and says, 'Like, fly me.'" To meet this challenge, Peter has designed special equipment in cahoots with scenic builder Peter Feller....
For the most part, it's been smooth flying and happy landings at the Alvin—"although one night a shackle broke and poor Bob was dropped six feet onto the stage in a heap." Another time, to the audience's enormous amusement, the stagehand, whose job it was to fasten Superman to the wire which lifts him from the stage, let go of the wire so that it swung out on the stage. Bob Holiday, keeping his cool, said to the audience "excuse me," walked calmly across the stage, retrieved the wire and handed it back to the stagehand who was hidden behind a piece of scenery. "The audience roared and when Superman flew off the stage there was a deafening applause."
Well, as they say in Show Biz, "That's the fly game."
Bob Holiday as Superman Bob Holiday as Clark Kent