22 March 2012

And so the men in tights begins!

The beginning of Superman starts with Clark Kent already grown and in character. He is introduced as he  so forcefully wakes the governor up in hopes to save a woman's life from prosecution, which he is successful in doing. After he goes back to his secret identity which is an ordinary man who works for a newspaper, there he is a reporting photographer. After Superman's first rescue of the woman he is hot news and his boss asks him to catch him. Kent makes the joke "If I can't catch Superman, NO ONE CAN!" With this the reader almost gets a sense of his hidden identity.
Clark Kent then asks a co-worker, Lois, to go on a date with him dancing. As everything is normal on the date a trouble maker who goes by Butch and his hoodlum friends get involved when Lois turns down a dance with Butch. She thinks of Kent as a coward for not fending up for her. As Lois storms off to the cab, shortly into her trip home Butch runs the cab off the road and threatens her to get into his car. Superman is secretly watching from above and joins in on the action. He stops the car, picks it up and forces everyone out by shaking the car upside down. Lois is not aware of his secret identity and then admires this Superman character. The next day at work Lois is still "cold" towards Kent. This again puts Superman on the spot and intrigues his boss even more. Who then sends him to seek out new exciting stories, but of course he takes a detour to Washington D.C.
Kent goes to a congress sitting where he finds the senator and Alex Greere, a lobbyist, secretly talking in public which the senator does not appreciate after asking not to speak with Greere in public. Superman gets in costume and eavesdrops on their planned conversation that night, he hears Greere making deals on influencing a sly bill being passed and takes action. He flies with Greere, running on phone lines, jumping from building to building and the legend of Superman begins.
This was the very first Superman comic made and I think that it was obvious. It was a little cheesy but definitely had the tools to pull the readers in. He isn't formally introduced but straight away goes into action, which gives you an idea what the story will be like. In all of Superman's rescues he shows off a new trait that he has as a super hero, which is better for the readers to understand Superman's super powers. As he has a hidden identity it isn't confusing to figure out because of the sarcasm behind some of his comments. His first rescue he knocks down the door and in the second picks up a car full of people which shows his super strength, and the last rescue he flies and has incredible balance running on the wires. Not to mention he can't get hurt because of his super tough skin. I think this comic wasn't very technical compared to todays comics, being that it was the first Superman, but it definitely set the bar for super heroes and gave comics a new perspective. After this super hero comics can now have standards to live up to in terms of super heroes, and action. In Scott McClouds understanding comics he talks about how narrowly comics are looked at as being childish and only about super heros. Being introduced to comics community with Superman does give you a sense that comics are about super heroes from the action and illustrations. If comics were more then super heroes you would question then why aren't all of the other stories made into books instead? Why not save comics for the super heroes only?

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure I understand your final points, Erin, or how this relates to McCloud in general. More details!