21 March 2012

The First Tale of Superman!

Jessica Brink

In the beginning of the Superman Action Comic Number One, it starts out by talking about how Superman came to be, how he grew up and what his powers are. The first story told is of Superman saving a woman, being accused of murder. He finds the real murderess and goes to tell the governor. A man in the governors house, probably a servant, denies access to Superman, but he can get through easily. He breaks through the governors solid steel door and rushes into the room where the governor is sleeping. He proves the woman’s innocence to the governor, who saves her from being executed. Superman tells the governor the real murderer is outside, and he disappears. The next day, Clark Kent (Superman) is instructed to cover all the Superman stories for the newspaper he works for. He gets news of a wife getting beaten by her husband, rushes to the scene and takes care of that problem. Before the police arrive, Superman changes back into Kent and he says he arrived there and the place was like that.

Later on, he asks Lois to go on date with him. She reluctantly says yes. While at a restaurant, they are dancing and a man tries to step in and dance with Lois. She gets mad that Clark does not defend her, and takes off in a cab. The man and his “gang” take off after her, and kidnap her. Superman appears and saves Lois from the men, and teaches them a lesson. He takes Lois to the city.

The next day, Lois says she had seen Superman with her own eyes. Clark goes to Washington D.C. on a job. He eavesdrops on a senators conversation about a bill. He takes the senator to the top of the capital building, threatening him because the he wont talk about his plan to pass a bill. The comic ends there.

What this comic relates to is what we read about in Scott McCloud’s book, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. What I noticed a lot in the Superman comic was the way the were drawn, and the different aspects of the art. One major thing I noticed were the motion lines that were used, like when Superman was running faster than a train, or flying over a car. Another aspect I noticed was the idea of closure that we talked about in class, which was also in McCloud’s book. I think I noticed it much more in this comic than in others because the ending of every story (except the first) was left open for interpretation. We don’t know how Lois gets home after being rescued from Superman, we don’t know how the man who kidnapped Lois gets down from the telephone pole, and we don’t know what happens to the Congressman on top of the capital building.

I personally really enjoyed reading this comic. I liked how “cheesy” it was, the art work and the time it was written. I could definitely see myself reading more comics like this in the future. The way that Superman was written was something people had never seen before, and I have a better idea of why Superman was so popular when it was first published. I don’t think anyone else thought of an idea like this, and that is why so many people really enjoyed them.

1 comment:

  1. Good post. Your summary's a little list-y though :-)