Battle of the Atoms

No doubt it would have stunned Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 if they had learned that their comic book creation, Superman, would still be going strong 75 years, an iconic character instantly recognizable around the planet.  Throughout his fictional journey over the past seven decades Superman has had quite an impact on the real world, one of the odder impacts occurring during World War II.

In late 1944 DC was planning to run a story entitled “Battle of the Atoms” in which Lex Luthor used a device called an “atom bomb” against Superman.  No one at DC had any inkling that the US government through the Manhattan project was developing a real atom bomb.  Government agents visited DC and told them in no uncertain terms that the story could not be released until a security clearance was granted.  The puzzled powers that be at DC complied, and the story eventually appeared in Superman 38 in early 1946.

This was not the only run in of DC with the Pentagon during the War.  In April 1945 the government stopped the use of the term cyclotron, an atom smasher, in the Superman daily comic strip that ran in hundreds of papers.

Published in: on November 15, 2013 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Battle of the Atoms  
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