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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

SUPERMAN (1941-43)

The SUPERMAN strip was only a few years old when Paramount started their series of one-reel animated shorts via Max & Dave Fleischer. The gorgeous results can be seen in reasonably good condition in the BOSKO/Image COMPLETE SUPERMAN COLLECTION. The Fleischer Brothers’ inordinately lux production scheme probably got them axed about halfway thru the 17 titles, you’ll easily spot the falloff in detail & characterization, but even the least episode is worth checking out while the famously feuding Fleischers gave us four or five masterpieces. No live-action SUPERMAN comes close to the graphic invention seen in these fast moving adventures while the WWII time frame gave the mini-stories an extra charge. And Clark Kent, with barely a line or two per episode, is almost magically caught.

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