Monday, June 12, 2006

Look, Up In the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman

Wasn't sure if this was a first showing or if its been on for months, but saw this retrospective on A&E tonight. It crossed all the incarnatinons of Superman (comic book, tv, radio, movies, broadway musical?) and was a good way to spend two hours.

It did touch upon several of the established mythology and symbolism of Superman, including the allusions to Moses, to Jesus, to the hero's journey. I had also forgotten (if I ever knew it) that some of the elements of the superman lexicon (flying, Perry White as the editor of the Daily Planet, invulnerability to everything but kryptonite) were established in the Superman radio show and not the comic book. At the end of the show it turned into a sales pitch for the new movie, but it served its purpose: I now want to go see Superman Returns when it comes out.



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