As we told you this summer, Superman is celebrating his 75th Anniversary this year. And to help commemorate this milestone, “Man of Steel director Zack Snyder teamed up with artist and animator extraordinaire Bruce Timm to create a two-minute short that traces the Man of Steel’s history from Superman’s debut on the cover of 1938’s Action Comics #1 all the way to Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.” After you watch the video, you’ll want to head over to DC Comics, where they’ve created a long list of annotations that explain the sometimes subtle references in the short. You’ll also want to revisit our post where we featured Superman (or The Mad Scientist), the 1941 film that marked Superman’s first appearance on the big screen. Plus you can listen to the Adventures of Superman radio drama that aired between 1938 and 1951. Enjoy the tribute.
The Mechanical Monsters: Seminal Superman Animated Film from 1941 (by Maria Popova)