Man of Steel

Superman was created in 1938 by Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster, designed as an adolescent anodyne and savior, in large part, from the hitlerian juggernaut that had sent so many surviving graphic artists and novelists over the oceans for succor. For fact-chasers, this year marks the 62nd anniversary of the first Superman feature film, Superman and the Mole Men -- but not many will recall that first go-round of the man of steel franchise. From it sprang the TV series The Adventures of Superman, both starring George Reeves, with his love handles and wooden acting. The Superman most of us recall or can see on late-night TV was the impressive Christopher Reeve, whose looming physique and chiseled good looks combined with his Juilliard-trained acting technique to generate the most paradigmatic Superman to grace the screen for the 5-issue franchise beginning in 1978. The Brit Henry Cavill, who plays American Man of Steel without a lapse back into English (joke intended), is certainly...(Read Full Post)