Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Original Batman

I just watched the 1943 movie series, Batman - back in the day when chasing the villains, catching the criminals, and competing with other superheroes wasn't nearly as sophisticated as it is today. It was a time when imagination originated from the mind, instead of the eyes.

It was a time when character development was still in it's infancy, when movie thugs and henchmen were middle-aged white men, gas was cheap, and America's evil arch-enemies came from Asia and Europe, instead of from the Middle East. It was also a time of technological innocence.

It was a time way before the advent of computers and the internet, when apps such as TV and atom bombs were still in development, and the predominate work tools for superheroes and their enemies included utility belts, truth serum, Radium handguns, and electronically brain-controlled Zombies.

It was a time some pharmacists remember being referred to as "the good old days" of pharmacy.

And it was also the first time Batman realized that if he was going to survive in his profession, that he needed to continually upgrade his utility belt, much like technologically-advanced pahrnicists of today.

But, don't just take my word for it. Watch the first chapter in the series to see for yourself -

Watch the rest of the entire original 1943 movie series on YouTube.


  1. Just read an interesting article in the NY Times.

    It seems that not everyone during this period of time thought the Dynamic Duo and other superheroes, like the Blue Beetle, a rookie police officer who was assisted by a neighborhood pharmacist in his fight against crime, were good for American morality.

    Fredric Wertham, a German-born American psychiatrist, stirred a national furor and helped create a blueprint for contemporary cultural panics in 1954 with the publication of his book “Seduction of the Innocent,” which attacked comic books for corrupting the minds of young readers.

    Drawing from his own clinical research and pointed interpretations of comic-book story lines, Wertham argued in the book that comics were harming American children, leading them to juvenile delinquency and to lives of violence, drugs and crime.

    Source: Scholar Finds Flaws in Work by Archenemy of Comics

  2. Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber in a three-hour event to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide on AZPBS, beginning tonight. (7pm, Channel 8.1, Phoenix)

    Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today's insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics.

    Here's the trailer - Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

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