Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Adventures of Superman

Atom Man In Metropolis Part 13
Atom Man In Metropolis Part 14
Atom Man In Metropolis Part 15
Atom Man In Metropolis Part 16

Can pop-culture ephemera be a social commentary on something that has yet to happen? Can this radio series from the 1940s, in which The Man of Steel is laid low by radiation, become a commentary on the continuing nuclear crisis in Japan? Are the Atom Man's attacks on Metropolis a metaphor for the way this nuclear meltdown threatens people today? I certainly find it a provocative coincidence. On a more prosaic note, fans of classic movies will have noticed that the villain Sydney is an homage to the famous character actor Sydney Greenstreet, who made memorable appearances in films like The Maltese Falcon (1941).

Fukushima Update via Science Friday

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