So, my favorite was clearly “Superman in the White House”. I mean, how can you not love an innocent feel-good-about-America Silver Age story? That’s one of my favorite things about these older comics (especially going back into the Golden Age when you get that REALLY cheesy USA-lovin’ JSA stuff) is that they’re a stark contrast to all the news today that bombards you with SO much negativity - corrupt politicians, ever growing divisions, scandals, etc etc.
Sure, things weren’t as hunky-dory in our country as shown in these comics. Racism, sexism, and homophobia were rampant back then. But the comics THEMSELVES portray a lovely alternative universe America where everyone seems to mostly get along and politicians and the military are upstanding people for the most part. It’s a nice daydream.
Also it had the best line of the comic: “Thanks, Mr. President! You’re bringing super-glory to Old Glory with your great deeds!”
So, thoughts and observations about the stories! I always babble on in these things about pointless crud so forgive me.
The Secret of the Space Souvenirs
1 - I LOVE that their initial reasoning for turning down Superman’s contribution was that they don’t have any more room, not that… you know… a SINGING FRIGGIN SPACE ROCK doesn’t belong in a time capsule specifically for “things typical of the 20th century”. Speaking of singing friggin space rocks, my immediate impression was that it was singing Elton John’s Rocket Man. You know full well it was.
2 - I have those giant snowflakes out in my shed with all the other Christmas decorations, I didn’t know they were harvested from Pluto. TIL. (and at $30 each, definitely a steal)
3 - “The people of Atlantis were tiny, only six-inches high!” Superman big-dissing Aquaman.
4 - They should’ve kept this design for Martian Manhunter because wow. That would’ve been fun.
Superman in the White House
1 - I like the contrast between the usual “Superman takes command” stories we see now. Usually when Supes becomes leader of the free world it’s some alternate universe evil-Supes or him losing his mind over something like… in TAS when Lois dies and Superman goes full authoritarian. That kinda thing. Good president Superman is a breath of fresh air.
2 - Jimmy is such an innocent little cinnamon bun, that his only concerns about a superhuman in the White House are tiny things like “But how are you going to shake hands with all these people?!” Poor kid, I love him.
3 - A budget deficit of $387 million, I am shook. Also the idea of Superman just going down to get sunken gold or… I dunno, gold from a planet made of solid gold (because you know he would) whenever the reserve needs replenishing kinda is the reason we get inflation? Superman’s $100 bills with his face on them suddenly can’t buy anything more than a dinner mint and he’s all confused.
4 - How can we forget about Clark Kent getting all uppity and resigning as VP because he’s upset there’s no chance of Superman dying, and he… WANTS Supes to die eventually so he can become president? Like DANG dream-Clark, that is some harshness. Jimmy’s subconscious doesn’t think much of you, does it?
5 - I don’t even know what to say about the press secretary’s government-issued car not even having the word “official” spelled properly on it. I mean, it kinda suits Silver Age Jimmy in a fun way, but still… lol.
1 - LOVED seeing Johnny Thunder’s thunderbolt making a cameo appearance as Superman’s power transfer ray. I wonder how much they had to pay him to play that part?
2 - Also loved how Supes just casually tosses the box of kryptonite into a random river, just assuming it’ll still be there when he comes back in the future. I mean, it’s not like it’s important and deadly or anything, right? Not like some spies slinking around the base might want to get their hands on that, right? RIGHT?
3 - Speaking of the kryptonite… If Captain America there gained all of Superman’s powers, why does exposure to kryptonite remove them permanently? Wouldn’t that mean kryptonite also removes all Superman’s powers permanently? I mean, I’m used to silly Silver Age plot holes, but they usually describe some kind of cheesy outlandish reasons for said plot holes. This one’s just hanging out there leaving you wondering what the heck.
4 - Nice to see Superman canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. I knew it would happen someday.
SUPERMAN, PATRON SAINT OF TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY