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Blast from the past: Superman Day at 1939 New York World’s Fair


This morning Mark Evanier showcases an incredible piece of comic-book history: home-movie footage from Superman Day at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair (the same exposition that introduced the Trylon and Perisphere, which in ’80s DC Comics served as the headquarters of the All-Star Squadron).

It’s notable certainly for the glimpses of such figures identified by Evanier as Jerry Siegel, Harry Donenfeld, Max C. Gaines and Jack Liebowitz, but also as testimony to the swiftness with which the Man of Steel made an impact on popular culture: Superman Day, with its races, elephant rides, parade and boys wearing S shields, was held July 3, 1940, roughly two years after the release of Action Comics #1. Granted, by the time of the event, the Adventures of Superman radio serial had been airing for about five months, but still …

Evanier has more on his blog, including doubts as to whether the man in the Superman suit is actually the actor some have long thought.



Not that the information is the key to saving the multiverse, but I actually think it is Ray Middleton. I also asked a forensic anthropologist what she thought. Her findings on it are here:

If you’re interested in the film, who else is in it, where it came from, etc. — check out my book “Super Boys” (unabashed plug).


Man, that’s pretty incredible speed for something to become pop culture relevant. I think that the closest anyone’s come in recent times is JK Rowling, whose first Harry Potter book was hailed as saving the bookstores not that long past the time it ws published.

I’ve posted more of the home movies (including where they came from…) here:


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