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The Mechanical Monsters (1941)

Superman battles a criminal mastermind and his robot army.

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As the headline on the Daily Planet tells the public: "Mechanical Monster loots bank!" In fact, a scientist has an army of these flying robots able to steal anything in sight. Police are set up everywhere to guard an exhibition of rare jewels, but it's no use. When a robot crashes into the building, it steals all the precious stones in sight, while the policemen's bullets harm it no more than flies. Clark and Lois are at the exhibit. While Clark phones in the story from a booth, Lois stows away in the robot's compartment. Clark sees that Lois has gone missing and decides to change into Superman there in the phone booth. Superman follows the monster, while his X-ray vision allows him to spot Lois inside. His attempt to get Lois out fails. The robot knocks him onto some power lines, losing the jewelry and (nearly) Lois in the process. The robot returns to the scientist's hideout with Lois, but no jewelry. She refuses to tell the scientist where it is. He retaliates by tying her up and ... Written by J. Spurlin

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This cartoon is the first Superman story in which Clark Kent changes into his Superman costume inside a phone booth. See more »

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The scientist gags Lois before placing her on the platform above the molten metal, even though he's trying to intimidate her into revealing the location of the missing jewelry. Even if she wanted to, she'd find it impossible to tell him. See more »

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Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Empowered with X-ray vision, possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Superman fights giant robots? I'm in!
5 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

I'm rewatching the Fleischer shorts to get the taste of 'Man of Steel' out of my mouth, and Superman battling giant robots, deflecting molten metal with his cape and untangling himself from power lines is a great antidote. This is the second in the series and one of my favourites; it's a big improvement on the first film.

The plot is as simple as before - an evil inventor raids Metropolis with his army of remote-controlled flying robots and Lois hitches a lift back to his lair, followed by Superman. Lois has been redesigned and now looks more appealing, while the animation is fluid and energetic, the highlights being Superman bouncing across the landscape and all the robots standing to attention. It even manages an eerie moment, when Superman's eyes widen and he uses his x-ray vision.

It all rattles along with a Golden Age simplicity, and it's delightful.


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