Category Archives: 1941

Want it as a souvenir, Lois?

"The Evolution King" - Superman #15

Historical note: Nine days after the release of this issue, the third Superman cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios was released. The short, titled “Billion Dollar Limited,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.

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Now to play elephant boy!

(Superman's Ark) - Action Comics #45

Historical note: The day after this issue’s release, Fleischer Studios, maker of the Superman theatrical cartoons that had started less than three months earlier, released “Nix on the Hypnotrix,” a Popeye short that paid homage to the Man of Steel.

Written by Bill Turner and Carl Howard and running about 7 minute, the short finds Popeye eating his spinach before donning a cape and an “S” on his chest and soaring through the air to save a hypnotized Lois Lane.

Super-Popeye from "Nix on the Hypnotrix"

The short also pays homage to the now-iconic “punching laser” scene from the first Fleischer Superman short as Popeye uses his spinach-fueled fists to fend off the villain’s hypnotic bolts.

I’d better keep an eye on that girl….

(The Caveman Criminal) - Action Comics #44

Eight days after the release of this issue, the second Superman cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios was released. The short, titled “Mechanical Monsters,” later was referenced or homaged in “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” as well as DC Universe properties such as “Batman: Brave and the Bold” and “Superman: Doomsday.” The cartoon is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.