Tag Archives: Fleischer cartoons

Superman gets mixed up in everything!

Flesicher cartoons promo - Action Comics #54

This ad from Action Comics (1938) #54 again uses the Jack Burnley-drawn cover to Superman (1939) #19 to promote the “Superman, Matinee Idol” story from that issue and it’s tie to the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons. Figures likely drawn by Whitney Ellsworth.


Boy! Is Clark Kent In Trouble!!!

Fleischer cartoons/"Superman, Matinee Idol" promo 2 - Action Comics #53

This second ad from ACTION COMICS (1938) #53, further promoted “Superman, Matinee Idol,” including giving a sneak peak of the Jack Burnley cover to SUPERMAN (1939) #19 and giving a hint about the story’s plot. Figures in the ad likely illustrated by Whitney Ellsworth, who also was nearing the end of this tenure as editor of the Superman titles.

Coming at you

Fleischer cartoons promo - World's Finest Comics #7

This ad from back cover of WORLD’S FINEST COMICS (1941) #7 was published two weeks after the eighth Fleischer Studios Superman short. The ad is notable not only for being the first full-page ad to promote the cartoons, but also because it is the first to list titles of individual cartoons. Only “Electric Earthquake” and “Volcano” had been released at the time of the ad’s publication. (No short titled “Twin Trouble” was released. It is unknown to me what that title was referencing.) The Superman image in the ad is from the Fred Ray-drawn cover to ACTION COMICS (1938) #52.

In movies – newspapers – radio

Other media promo - Action Comics #51

By 1942, Superman was making waves in virtually every media of the time — a newspaper serial running seven days a week, a growing-in-popularity radio show and and the animated shorts in theaters. This ad from ACTION COMICS (1938) #51 makes note of all three and uses the Fred Ray-drawn cover from SUPERMAN (1939) #18 to not let readers forget where the Man of Steel came from — no, not Krypton, but the four-color world of comic books!

This isn’t prison … it … it’s paradise!

"Paradise Prison" - Star Spangled Comics #11

Historical note: Just shy of two weeks after the release of this issue, the seventh Superman cartoon produced by Fleischer Studios was released. The short, titled “Electric Earthquake,” is now in the public domain and can be downloaded at the Internet Archive.