Superman (1942)





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There are no volcanoes near the great city of Metropolis, but when word comes that a long-dormant volcano in the South Pacific is headed for a cataclysmic eruption, Daily Planet editor Perry White quickly dispatches ace reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent to cover the big event. White hopes that the two rivals can put aside their differences and work in tandem, but Lois is not about to give away her chance at a solo byline on a story as big as this. She slyly purloins Clark's press pass. While he goes through the red tape of acquiring another, she takes off for where the action is. And there's a lot of action, as the volcano has entered into its full-strength convulsions. Lois finds herself in mortal danger, trapped aboard an overhead tram, the cables of which are breaking. Meanwhile, Clark has seen that the volcano has blown its top and changes into Superman. The Man of Steel uses his incredible strength and ingenuity to force the lava flow into the sea and away from populated areas, then manages to save Lois and the cable car in the nick of time.
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Bud Collyer
as Clark Kent/Superman

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The title should be Volcano. We get away from Metropolis/Manhattan as Clark and Lois are on assignment in the South Pacific. They work together a bit more than in the past parts of the series, but Lois is always trying to one-up Clark by scooping the story. Superman has to choose between saving Lois or the island village, but of course it just becomes a little extra tricky to do both.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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I like this Fleischer short because Superman doesn't have a foe or villain to is the Amazing Stranger from the Planet Krypton vs. Nature. A Volcano erupts while Lois and Clark are meant to be doing a story on the disastrous mountain, and Superman has to save her (Clark was waiting for a press pass since Lois is a total bitch and stole his original pass). The animation quality in these shorts is always so good, it is amazing to me that these kids entertainment shorts could look almost as good as the Disney features. Well maybe not that good, but stylistically they are tremendous.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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