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Superman wins!

The Adventures of Superman - Comic Cavalcade #2

The “Good Books Worth Reading” was a regular feature across the DC books in the early 1940s, part of an initiative to make sure them funny books weren’t corruptin’ kids’ minds! This one, from COMIC CAVALCADE (1942) #2 shined the spotlight on George Lowther’s “Adventures of Superman.”

Historical notes: Just nine days after the release of this issue, the sixth Superman cartoon produced by Famous Studios was released, having taken over production from Fleischer Studios. It was the 15th short overall in the series. The short, titled “Jungle Drums,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.

About a week later, the Man of Steel got another animated nod in the Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, “Super-Rabbit.”

"Super-Rabbit" title card

The approximately 8-minute-long cartoon was written by Tedd Pierce and features “rabbitus idioticus americanus” Bugs Bunny eating a scientifically engineered “super-carrot” and gaining powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal wabbits, — er, rabbits. Read more about the short and its nods to Superman at the Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie blog.

Bugs Bunny from "Super-Rabbit"

Tell her to stop!

"Cinderella -- a la Superman" - Action Comics #59

Historical note: Just three days after the release of this issue, the fifth Superman cartoon produced by Famous Studios was released, having taken over production from Fleischer Studios. It was the 14th short overall in the series. The short, titled “The Mummy Strikes,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.

The strip of the century!

"A Goof Named Tiny Rufe" - Action Comics #55

Jerry Siegel sends up fellow cartoonist Al Capp, creator of “Li’l Abner,” as well as his and Joe Shuster’s success with Superman!

Historical note: Just one days after the release of this issue, the second Superman cartoon produced by Famous Studios was released, having taken over production from Fleischer Studios. It was the 11th short overall in the series. The short, titled “Showdown,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive. The same day, the first short in Terrytoons’ Superman spoof “Super Mouse” was released. The short, titled “Mouse of Tomorrow,” would change its name to “Mighty Mouse” in early 1944.