Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Superman

Superman came from Jerry Siegel (writer) and Joe Shuster (artist). They were high school classmates who published the fanzine 'Science Fiction'. In the January 1933 issue, 'The Reign of Superman appeared, with superman becoming a villan after gaining his super power - shades of Dr Frankenstein's delusions.


Later in 1933, Siegel saw the alternative potential of Superman as hero. However, the draft story 'The Superman' was rejected by the publisher they approached.


In 1934, the team re-worked our super hero in a comic format.


What's interesting to see is how the image of Superman evolved, becoming at whatever time each of us encountered him, one of our earliest homoerotic fantasies. Well, for me at least!







































While I was intrigued by the man of steel's ability to fly, etc, it was his sexual charge that was prime. In the fifth cartoon(though awkwardly drawn), it's something about the twist of the body and his open muscular legs and available crotch. And in the tenth, the bulging muscularity of his shoulders and the harmonious sculptural forms and poses, shapes that rival/mimic Michaelangelo's nudes.


The last cartoon is from 2004 - beyond my experience of the comic - but it's kewl to see how our man of steel is still evolving.

I used to have dreams of flying. Didn't we all! For some of us, more chemically fuelled of late. In the earlier version, I would be running along, arms out, wondering if I could get up (!) and then there were those rare nights I soared into the air, usually to splutter down, Icarus-like.

























The significance of all this I later understood from Jung. So it's easy to see Superman's appeal - he seems to be tapping into very basic human desires and motivations.

Now, Brandon Routh! Wow - what a hot new version - looks as though he's been drawn by a cartoonist and then made flesh and blood. The third (crotch) shot comes from TV series - anyone know which one?



2 comments:

  1. Alex - this is getting better & better! I love your blog!!

    But really you should learn not to post everything in one long post. You should break it up, because people - like me - like to comment to certain things, not all....so it would be helpful if every subject would have a different post. this is just a thought, of course, as you can do what-ever-the-heck you like to do on you blog......lol!!!

    Anyway, I noticed that we share our all time fav film "Cinema Paradiso" - have you looked @ my post regarding this film?

    http://boom-bang-a-bang.blogspot.com/2006/08/cinema-paradiso-my-all-time-favourite.html

    best regards

    Adrian

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  2. hi adrian - a good suggestion - thanks - and yes, it did go on and on - a result of being at home today and having too much time to play - i got a tad carried away !

    i'll have a look at your piece on 'Cinema Paradiso' - thanks for alerting me - and in this context i recomment 'Il Gattopardo' ('The Leopard') by Guiseppe di Lampedusa. the best bookk i've ever read - set in sicily in the mid C19 around the unification of the states into the nation of italy. the wisest read, the most sensuous, the most beautiful language ... . trust me, u'd love it. best. alex

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