The Mummy Strikes (1943)


Article 3585 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-20-2011
Posting Date: 6-8-2011
Directed by Izzy Sparber
Featuring the voices of Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Bud Collyer
Country: USA
What it is: Superman cartoon

While investigating the murder of a heiroglyphics expert, Superman must battle with mummies come to life.

I’m actually surprised it took me this long to get around to reviewing any of the Superman cartoons from the early forties, but that’s the luck of the draw. In many ways, these cartoons are truly superior; the animation is excellent, and the use of color is outstanding. Nevertheless, I’ve always felt a twinge of dissatisfaction from the series. This is due to the fact that they often try to tell stories that needed a greater length of time to tell correctly, and they often feel rushed. Though I can admire the efficiency, I find that the suspense never really gets a chance to build, and that they’re over before they’ve really begun. This one is further marred by pitting Superman against supernatural menaces, which is a fairly odd juxtaposition. Nevertheless, there’s always the fine animation to be enjoyed.

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