We’ll always have Paris.
Being in a band is tough
This clip from the radio show won’t end up on The Chronological Superman for a few months, but I just listened to it for the first time a few days ago and had to share it.
This is the broadcast from Christmas Day, 1945, the first Christmas Day following the end of World War II. Here, the show’s sponsor - Kellogg’s of Battle Creek - forgoes its usual advertisement space so that Superman himself (actor Bud Collyer, the voice of the Man of Steel for radio and cartoons) could offer Christmas wishes to his listeners.
More than that, though, Superman goes on to talk about tolerance, and good will, and the right that all men have to live free, unencumbered from injustice - It’s worthwhile to try to put yourself in the place of the audience of this show; an eight- or nine-year old kid, a family whose sons or fathers or brothers might just now be coming home from years overseas - if they were lucky - a world that’s celebrating having defeated a clear evil and now must redefine itself in peacetime.
It’s an oversimple speech, but touching. I won’t play this card often, but - I defy you not to choke up even a little when Superman speaks to you longingly of tolerance and goodwill.
Every fan of every character or storyline which has a multitude of incarnations across different eras and under different artistic direction has their personal favorites - you might prefer Star Trek in the Next Gen era, you might prefer your Connery Bond. When it comes to Superman, I love the character and the mythos across the board, but increasingly - as I listen to these old radio shows - I’m coming to realize that the Superman who most closely resembles my ideal of the character, of everything he stands for and the moral certainty he couples with uncomplicated, decisive action, is the radio show version.