The Adventures of Superman
Episode: "The Runaway
Superman vs the Professor (Russell Johnson) from Gilligan's
The long-suppressed lapse of judgment
occurred in AOS, Season One, Episode 17 ("The Runaway
Robot")...a wacky scientist (one of many in Metropolis) created a
clunky-looking robot, and the pair were quickly kidnapped by
the Professor and some stooges (grad students?), who used the device for
crime...of course, they didn't realize the robot's radio could be used
to transmit messages, and in an unguarded moment, the scientist puts out
a distress call...which reaches, not the police, but LOIS LANE! The single-minded
reporter, in 'snooping mode', barges into the hideout, and is in a
fix...the hoods have learned how to operate the robot, and no
longer need the scientist OR the nosy reporter...they turn the robot on
Lois, and things look desperate (you never have a can opener when you
NEED one), when Superman flies in through a conveniently open skylight!
The robot falls to pieces punching Supe's invulnerable skin, and faster
than you can say "The Minnow Would Be Lost, The Minnow Would
Be Lost", the Professor and his gang are in a heap against the
wall! Lois is saved (again), the scientist goes back to the safety of
chemical weapon research, and the Professor gets to teach at Alcatraz U.
for a few semesters!
synopsis & black and white image
colorized by Ben Burgraff
All that time we thought the Professor was cooking up stuff to get
Gilligan and the gang off of the island, he might have been trying to
figure out how to take over the world and destroy Superman. Man you just
Hey little buddy have you seen that nutty professor?