Tag Archives: Joe Shuster

… faster than a Stratoliner — and in Technicolor, too!

Fleischer cartoons promo - Action Comics #46

This ad, from ACTION COMICS (1938) #46 and published just shy of two weeks after the third Fleischer Superman short, recycles the now-iconic Joe Shuster and Paul Cassidy Superman figure from the cover of SUPERMAN (1939) #6. The other figures likely were illustrated by Whitney Ellsworth.

Back — back –!

(Fifth Columnists) - Action Comics #36

Historical note: Just more than two weeks after the release of this issue, Warner Bros. released the Merrie Melodies short, “Goofy Groceries.” Written by Melvin Millar and directed by the legendary Bob Clampett, the cartoon features what is commonly thought to be the first on-screen parody of the Man of Steel as the character is brought to life, springing forth from an image on a box of Superguy Soap Chips!

Superguy from "Goofy Groceries"

Running approximately 9 minutes, the cartoon pre-dates Superman’s first official foray into animation by nearly six months.