Film Reviews

superman-fleischer-poster11941 – 1943

DIRECTORS: Dave Fleischer, I. Sparber, Izzy Sparber, Dan Gordon, & Seymour Kneitel

May Contain Spoilers!

Superman was born into print in April 1938 by two Jewish writer/artists Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster as World War II was looming. The roots of Superman may go back to 1800’s, but as the war broke out and Hitler’s vision of his army of Supermen was becoming reality, in propaganda terms anyway, Siegel and Shuster’s motives may have been more political than purely artistic.

But Superman’s evolution came from many sources. First he appeared in Action Comics, where he could leap buildings in a single bound rather than fly and it wasn’t until the Radio Show soon after that Kryptonite was devised and then introduced in print. But in 1941, just three years after Superman had arrived and World War II was literally just around the corner, producer Max Fleischer, known for the Popeye and Betty…

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