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"Tools of the Trade"
Series Superman: The Animated Series
Season 1, Episode 12
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Airdate February 1st, 1997
Writer Mark Evanier
Director Curt Geda
Producer Haven Alexander; Alan Burnett; Paul Dini; Jean MacCurdy; Bruce Timm
Starring Tim Daly; Dana Delany; Michael York; Lauren Tom; Bruce Weitz; Joanna Cassidy; Joseph Bologna
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"Tools of the Trade" is the twelfth episode of season one of the animated superhero action series Superman: The Animated Series. The episode was directed by Curt Geda with a script written by Mark Evanier. It first aired on the WB Network on February 1st, 1997.

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Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. He first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June, 1938.
  • This episode is rated TV-PG.
  • Voice actress Lauren Tom is also the voice of a dispatcher in this episode.

Appearances Edit

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Superman and Maggie Sawyer.

  • This is the first appearance of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit. It is an elite task force of police officers culled from the ranks of the Metropolis Police Department, trained to combat threats of a superhuman and/or alien nature.
  • This is the second appearance of Intergang. They are an organized crime syndicate that dominates most of the lower-spectrum of illegal activities in Metropolis. Intergang's power structure elevates to a new level with the introduction of hi-tech alien weaponry.
  • This is the second appearance of Bruno Mannheim, who is the leader of Intergang. In the comics, he has been saddled with the unfortunate nickname of "Ugly".
  • This is the first appearance of Maggie Sawyer, who is an officer in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.
  • This is the first appearance of Dan Turpin, who is an officer in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit.
  • This is the first appearance of Kanto, who is an agent of Darkseid, and supplies Intergang with its hi-tech weapons.
  • This is the first appearance of Apokolips, which is a planet in another dimension ruled by Darkseid.
  • This is the first appearance of a Boom Tube, which is a technological device used by Apokoliptians to teleport from their world to the planet Earth.

Quotes Edit

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  • Superman: Think he'll come back?
  • Maggie Sawyer: If I had a dime for every time Dan Turpin threw in his badge, I'd make Lex Luthor look like a pauper!

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See also Edit

Adventures of Superman

Superboy

Lois & Clark

Smallville

Superman (1988)

Superman: The Animated Series

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