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Superman in the Fifties

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Author: Various
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: DC Comics
1 review about Superman in the Fifties

Escapist entertainment for a time when it was needed

  • Feb 6, 2010
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In popular culture, the 1950's were a time of simplistic yearnings, happiness abounded, everyone was Caucasian and all difficulties could be easily resolved. The reality was completely different, schoolchildren were taught to "duck-and-cover" in the event of atomic attack, communists were everywhere and racial and ethnic prejudice often the law of the land.
The simplistic presentation of the world that was television extends to the comic books, a fact that is painfully obvious in this book. Superman is powerful, but he is also single-minded in his battles with powerful creatures, fails to see the obvious and his speech would drive a true super-being to tears. The modern comic reader would find this material horrendously dull; nobody in the stories seems to be smarter than a fifth-grader. It is easy to see why the Superman character had a difficult time surviving the social changes after the 1960's, it had to either be dramatically changed or it would have ceased to be relevant.
This book is a nostalgic look back at a time when the drive to make all entertainment so wholesome and clean made it so artificial that in hindsight it looks ridiculous.

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