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Subj: Re: The Golden Age Superman
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 01:25:33 pm EDT (Viewed 153 times)
Reply Subj: The Golden Age Superman
Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 09:13:48 am EDT (Viewed 210 times)

    Would someone offer, please, an analysis on the Golden Age Superman, character-wise? I haven't read many GA stories, and with Morrison stating he's going to be writing a Superman akin to the GA Superman, I'd love some details from those with more experience than myself.

Not to shamelessly plug, but since January, I've been doing a podcast where I do just that. I'm going through all of Superman stories in comics, newspapers and (eventually) on film, one at a time, charting the history and development of the character. I'm currently nearing the end of 1939. The link is in my sig below.

(I will warn you, the earliest episodes aren't the strongest. The content is fine. I'm happy with that. But the execution and delivery is a bit sluggish. I was new to podcasting then and it took me a few episodes to get into a groove. I'm better now, though. At least, I'd like to think so. ;\) )

To give a short answer, though, the Golden Age Superman was a no nonsense, champion of the oppressed. Taking on social ills and sticking up for the "little guy." If you're looking for high art and deep characterization, you will not find it in (most of) the Golden Age Superman stories. But if you remember to read them in the context of the time when they were published (both in the real world and the comics industry), they are enjoyable.

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