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Superman in the cartoons and beyond!
An usual cartoon.
Created in 1932 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman did not appear until June 1938 in Action comics #1. Right now, that comic book in mint condition could net quite a mighty dollar. From 1938 to now, Superman has evolved in the movies, cartoons and TV. We will see and study on how Superman has evolved in the cartoon world. It is an interesting transition, but before we look at this transition, I want you to bear in mind that the early Superman episodes in the cliffhanger movies of the 40's, we see a little bit of cartoon in there when Clark Kent changes to Superman and sets off to fly into the sky.
Think about this. There were no modern technologies as we know it and plus it was easier to put the character into cartoon format. If any had seen Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1949), you will see the character of Dracula turning into a bat. As he turns into a bat, he transforms himself into a cartoon until he gets into the form of a bat. That was the format that was used back in the 40's.Check out my link and you will see what I mean.
The first Superman cartoon.
The first Superman cartoon was made in 1941, under Fleischer studios under contract with Paramount pictures. These were a series of cartoons that were well made. The animation was super and the villains were mean and evil. The coloring and scripts were of notable mention. It was, also, rumored that Fleischer studios were going to create a Batman and Robin cartoon, but alas, it did not come to pass.
Fleischer studios had many a great cartoons, such as Popeye and Betty Boop. They had, also, produced a great movie feature film, which I would highly recommend for the cartoon fans called Gulliver's travels done with special effects which was ahead of its time. They were the main competitors of Walt Disney during the 40's and 50's. Enclosed is a sample of a video of the Fleischer studios cartoon company.
Superman comes to TV!
Then when the 50's came, Superman appeared on the scene with George Reeves. In my opinion, George was the classic and original Superman. His winning smile and wink assured you that everything was going to be alright. They did have a couple of special effects in the series and it had plenty of action.
Then came the 60's and back to the cartoon format. Filmation cartoons did a series that was true to the comic book form. It was well made and had excellent plots and villians. In the 70's, we had seen Superman team up with other Superheroes and there was a cartoon called Superfriends. There were, also, movies made with Christopher Reeves and it even came back as Superboy as a TV series.
Did you know that in the early 60's, they had filmed a series called Superboy? It was set to go on TV, but it was not picked up and was shelved! The actor looked a lot like George Reeves and it was well made. It's a shame that it didn't come out to the public as a series. It would have had potential.You can see a sample of it on the link provided below.
We had, also, seen other heroes such as the Flash, The Atom and Green Lantern evolve in the Filmation studios. Filmation studios was an animation studio that produced such cartoons as Bozo the clown and many others. Hanna- Babera were one of the top cartoon studios in the 60's which had produced cartoons such as the Flintstones and Jetsons, but Filmation was their main competitor. Filmation was very successful in the development of DC Super heroes,
Into the 90's, Superman became more and more of a flashy and dynamic figure even teaming up with Batman.The animated adventures of Superman were exciting and had excellent artwork. One of my favorites was when he and the Flash ran a race. Here are more videos and tell me what are your thoughts.
More Superman for you!
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