Superman (1942)





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An excited astronomer presents to the world his new creation, a magnetic telescope that exerts tremendous pull upon objects in outer space. Daily Planet reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent, along with Planet editor Perry White are present at the initial presentation, and witness how the telescope succeeds in capturing a meteor and altering its path. Unfortunately, the telescope cannot adequately control the meteor, and fragments plummet down upon the city of Metropolis. The astronomer is forbidden to continue his experiments, for fear that greater destruction could come, but the stubborn scientist refuses to listen and tries to next capture a passing comet. The police try to thwart his efforts by disrupting the telescope's power supply, but it is too late -- the comet is now on a collision course with Earth. While Lois calls for help, Clark slips away and changes into Superman. The comet is too powerful for even the Man of Steel to send back into space on his own, but by welding together the telescope's power source and reversing its polarity, Superman is able to force the comet back into space and save the day once again.
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Bud Collyer
as Clark Kent/Superman

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The title should read The Magnetic Telescope. The bald headed mad scientist is not really so mad. Meddling cops break the new magnetic telescope after a meteor starts on a crash course with Earth. The scientist could have controlled the falling metallic rock by pulling it close enough to observe, but pushing it back to avoid collision. Lois is a bit foolish in this one and Superman must save her. But can he save the planet from this threat? The scientist gets a bum rap, since it is his invention that ultimately saves the day. There is a nice joke set in silhouette with Lois confusing Clark for Superman at the end.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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Similar to the first Superman short, as its main villain is a mad scientist with a big machine that does mad things for no particular reason. The mad scientist is bald, so I sort of draw comparison to Lex Luthor, but I don't really think that was ever the intention. It is a standard Superman short, but under Fleischer, being standard was being pretty solid. It is good classic fun, with adventure and action and quality animation.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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