Artw: “Presumably the specific Christian audience thet are after wants a darker, more violent Jesus who snaps Pontius Pilot's head off as a measure of last resort. Sounds about right for America. ”
Next week, you’ll get World War Z, which sets its act-one Philadelphia takedown in the early morning — like the World Trade Center attack — and finds Brad Pitt and his family running for their lives through some narrow, crowded city streets, outracing thousands of panicked citizens who are all trying to escape the attacks happening in the metropolitan core.
Artw: “That Mark Waid link is probably worth avoiding if you're concerned about spoilers too. On the other hand, it saved me a bunch of money on going to a movie to be made outrageously angry by it.”
The liberal politics that Shuster and Siegel shared can be seen in the earliest Superman stories, from the mid-1930s, before their publisher took editorial control in 1948 after a protracted legal battle. Reprinted by DC Comics in a series called the Superman Archives, these early stories show Superman as a crime fighter with a distinct political conscience. He is seen fighting against a wife-beater, a lynch mob, two munitions manufacturers, some war-crazed military dictators, a drunk driver and a gangster who tries to take over a labour union.
Like the movies of Frank Capra and the Warner brothers from the same era, these early Superman tales are animated by a charmingly naive version of New Deal liberalism. Superman uses his fists to fight the social problems that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt tackled through social legislation. Not surprisingly, Superman is even described in one panel as the "saviour of the helpless and oppressed."
In one story from Superman #1, the Man of Steel tackles labour relations. The story opens with a coal mine collapsing. Superman rescues Stanislaw Kober, a worker trapped in the accident. Afterward, in the guise of Clark Kent, Superman finds out the cause of the accident. The miners turn out to be poor immigrants exploited by a cruel and criminally negligent employer.
"Months ago we know mine is unsafe," Kober says. "But when we tell boss's foreman they say: 'No like job, Stanislaw? Quit!' " The plight of the miners leads Superman to take the matter into his own hands by pulling an elaborate trick on the owner of the mine, Thornton Blakely. Using a series of elaborate and implausible deceptions, Superman gets Blakely and his capitalist friends trapped in the same coal mine that nearly killed Kober. After being "rescued" from this near-death situation, Blakely agrees to improve working conditions for his employees. In the last panel, Clark Kent says, "Congratulations on your new policy. May it be a permanent one!" However, Kent also thinks: "If it isn't, you can expect another visit from Superman!"
robocop is bleeding: “Jon Peters was listed as a producer in the opening credits - that meant Superman was gonna fight something spiderlike at some point.”
Artw: “As I say, I blame Alan Moore.”
Fat Man on Batman #040: Man of Steel Super Special: Fat Man and Gar-man on Superman
Jun 16, 2013 - In the Fat Cave this week, we check in on the other half of the World's Finest fighting duo, and discuss Batman's partner in crime-fighting - the Big Blue Boy Scout from Metropolis, Superman! As the Last Son of Krypton dominates the box office in MAN OF STEEL, we celebrate the return of the Big S with a podcast nearly as long as the movie itself! With Special Guest Villain Ralph Garman!
GuyZero: “Pacific Rim looks pretty mindless, but at least it's not a rehash of some existing character franchise.”
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