Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
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Early superhero nod from mainstream media


[Click once, then again, to interpret]

This cartoon is by J. B. Handelsman, from THE SATURDAY EVENING POST for March 13, 1965.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._B._Handelsman

Now, the BATMAN TV series, which sparked tremendous awareness of superheroes among non-fans, did not debut till 1966. But Marvel's remaking of the superhero mythology had of course been building tremendous popularity since 1961.

Still, for a conservative mainstream Middle America mag like the SEP to reference so many comics characters feels like a milestone of sorts.

To the best of my eyesight, we have Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Flash, Human Torch, Spider-Man, and Captain America. The other figures seem generic.

Posted by Paul DiFi.
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