Friday, August 14, 2015

Superman vs. Astrology

Hey!  Let's check in on Superman #16!

Yes, it's the first issue of Superman with dialogue on the cover, and that was it.

Shut up, Lois.  (tm!)

Enough of that.  We should see Superman fighting a bull!

Yeah... that's the sweet-sweet.

Still not flying, though.  Here he is not flying:

Yup.  Not flying.  Can't fly.

Let's check in on Clark Kent!

Nice, Perry.  The Daily Planet: If there's nothing to be troubled about, we'll come up with something ourselves.

Wow.  That's pretty bold journalism there, Clark.  Next thing you know, you'll be doubting the veracity of the Nigerian Prince who has asked for my help.  Which reminds me, I need to check in on Gwazazang and make sure he got my banking account information.  He's going to make me rich!

See you Monday!


Cflmaior said...

Clark Kent's idea in panel #5 had its followers almost six decades later, although with signs reversed. When Bonnie Fuller (ex-Cosmopolitan) became Glamour's editor during the Fall of 1998, replacing Ruth Whitney, who had held the post for more than 30 years, she (Fuller) decided to drop the politics column "Women in Washington" and run an astrology column in its stead. Her explanation? "There wasn't much strong news every single month, and the readers were clamoring for horoscopes."

wordsmith said...

According to the entry on super-powers in the online "Superman Through the Ages" Encyclopedia (at, the first time Superman was described in the text as a "being who can fly like a bird" was in May, 1943, but the article implies that he had slowly and inconsistently developed "complexity of the aerial maneuvers he was able to perform once he had left the ground" for quite some time before that, so, yeah, you're right, he was flying before his "official" recognition of his ability. (Superman #16, which you cited above, was the May-June 1942 issue, still a year away.)