Weekend Aside – Yet More Fleischer Superman
Well, the planned weekend aside was scuttled by my inability to find a copy of The Kents, so, just like always when there’s a gap, revel in the joy that is public domain animation!
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Click on the Weekend Asides tab for the history of the Fleischer Superman Shorts, which were very influential to the DCAU. You can get the shorts on DVD in a variety of places, such as the Ultimate Superman Collection and, more affordably, the VCI collection. I don’t believe they’ve been put out in HD yet.
On the list of “sights you’d never thought you’d see”, Lois Lane picking up a tommy gun and spraying a car with bullets has to rank up there, doesn’t it? And for those wondering – all one of you – a billion dollars at the time of the short would be approximately fourteen and a half billion today, give or take a hundred million.
Next Side Story: To begin our examination of the DCAU and its handling of death, it’s the outstanding “The Late Mr. Kent.” But first…
Next Time: The Justice League meets up with the Defenders Aquaman, Doctor Fate and Solomon Grundy in “The Terror Beyond.”