Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Superman Meets Congress

Here's something that some of you may find interesting. It's a series from the Superman newspaper comic strip, which ran shortly after the United States of America entered World War Two.

The storyline in Superman went something like this.  Clark Kent tried to join the US army, but he was so excited about fighting in the war that he really wasn't paying attention to what was going on.  As a result, when he was told to read an eye chart, he accidentally used his x-ray vision and read the eye chart in the next room.  The eye test man concluded that Clark was nearly blind, and they kicked him out of the army recruitment base.

Poor Superman, getting rejected by the US Army by accident.  In any case, he decided that if he couldn't fight with the army, he would do the next best thing.  That's when he paid this visit to the US Congress:





4 comments:

Violet said...

Uh, interesting...

Britnie said...

Impressive comic! Where ever did you find it? I wish there were more comics like this today, but I guess that would be considered “politically incorrect” by today’s standards. Shame though, but journalism really seemed to change around the 60s and 70s. Before, journalist supported American troops and policies, but during the Vietnam War, it suddenly became ok to defame soldiers and America on a public stage. I mean, everyone has a right to an opinion, (there were thousands of people who didn’t support entering WWII), but you wouldn’t have known by reading the paper or watching the news. There is a time and a place for opinions, but journalists seemed to have forgotten that by the 1960s and unfortunately, it’s a practice that has continued into today’s journalists. Meanwhile, I like Superman’s message that we don’t a “superman” to solve our problems, and instead of expecting someone else to save you, we should figure out the answer for ourselves. A lot of people today expect things to just happen for them or expect others to make them happen, rather than working hard for their dreams themselves.

Anonymous said...

I love this! I took a class on the history of comics in college and we covered a lot of these. I especially love the one where Superman flies to Europe, picks up Hitler and Stalin and dumps them in the middle of the U.N.

Justice said...

Very interesting! Where DID you get this old comic?

Like Britnie, I was struck by the difference bettween the themes and views in this comic and how things are today. We were certainly a more patriotic, harder working nation back then...

J.F.