As part of my tribute to Superman’s 75th Birthday this year, I am taking a look at Kal-El in various media. Not everything will be covered, because not everything I liked, but lets start at the beginning. The Superman Fleischer Cartoons, which are quite simply amazing.
For so very early on in Superman’s life. These cartoon shorts so vividly capture so much of what makes the character great and grand. Kal-El premiered in 1938 and these wonderful toons came out in 1941 and 1942, with all the action and adventure intact from their four colour origins. Superman fights different menaces and saves the day!
The Fleischer Studio, who also did Gulliver’s Travels and Popeye as toons, only made seventeen of these gems. Unlike, say Lord Of The Rings, which I dearly love, all these shorts can be viewed easily in an afternoon.
What does the Man of Steel go up against? Well earthquakes and giant robots and a dinosaur and deadly laser beams are all on the menu of excitement here. Superman gets quite a workout!
For a starter for the little ones, the Superman Fleischer cartoons are fun and get to the point rather quickly. Dvd’s can be gotten really cheaply, since the toons are public domain now. I love my copy more than kryptonite!
…is currently reading The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon.
P.S. This post is one of several I hope to do this year to celebrate the 75th Birthday of Superman. Happy Birthday Kal-El! Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
P.P.S. Superman Man Of Steel opens Friday, June 14th 2013. For an indepth look at the creation of this landmark movie, check out Jeffrey Taylor’s columns.