Saturday, June 15, 2013

Infant of Krypton, Man of Steel

I wrote in my last post about having watched the 1940s Fleischer Superman cartoons. Some of them have astonishingly beautiful animation and should be seen by anyone interested in dieselpunk. Just for fun, I've culled some of the more striking images from the first cartoon ("Superman," or "The Mad Scientist"). Enjoy! (Or better yet, go watch some of the cartoons.)

"In the endless reaches of the universe, there once existed a planet known as Krypton, a planet that burned like a green star in the distant heavens. There, civilization was far advanced, and it brought forth a race of supermen, whose mental and physical powers were developed to the absolute peak of human perfection. But there came a day when giant quakes threatened to destroy Krypton forever. One of the planet's leading scientists, sensing the approach of doom, placed his infant son in a small rocket ship and sent it hurtling in the direction of Earth, just as Krypton exploded. The rocket sped through star-studded space, landing safely on Earth with its precious burden: Krypton's sole survivor."

"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!"

"Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"

"The infant of Krypton is now the Man of Steel: SUPERMAN!"

"This nut may prove dangerous!"

"This looks like a job for Superman!"

"Thanks, Chief! But I owe it all to Superman!"

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