george lowther



Jeb Bush should change his, “my brother kept us safe” routine to, “my brother the war criminal lied about WMDs and helped create ISIS by knowingly starting a war-for-oil with Iraq, a country where none of the September 11th hijackers were from.”

(see the documents and read the full DailyMail post by Glen Owen and William Lowther, here)


It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s the nicest copy of Superman I’ve ever seen!  Seriously though - this was a book made for kids, and kids do terrible things to books.  Fast-forward 70+ years and you get nostalgic adults who get a hold of these things, buy an ugly copy, and spend all kinds of money restoring the jacket (most of them, the bookish equivalent of a botched boob-job).  This copy, while imperfect, has the benefit of being an attractive copy AND unrestored.

First novelization of Superman, based on the character created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June, 1938. Lowther, a writer, producer, and director in the early days of radio and television, wrote the novel for juvenile audiences, and is credited with providing many of the now-familiar details of Superman’s birth and early life.

I won’t claim to have any insight into “trends,” and I certainly can’t predict the future, but with Hollywood’s renewed interest in the Superman franchise, I somehow suspect that broad interest in Superman will probably not wane over the next 70 years. 

Still need a reason?  It’s SUPERMAN…


more from lowther and shuster.  here, in the latter half of the novel, superman has been sent to investigate some ghastly happenings at the docks and uncovered a nazi spy ring dedicated to destroying american troop ships. it’s a good thing for him that these weren’t real ghosts, because he’s as vulnerable to magical attacks as he is to kryptonite!  or wait, was that the case back in 1942?  is it even still true?  good thing we don’t have to worry about that here!

in the novel, superman scuttles a few nazi subs with no regard for loss of life.  here, it may be productive to compare the metahuman’s lack of humanity with the cool killing power of the atomic era’s other big nuclear power: the atomic bomb.  in the face of the manhattan project and the eventual total annihilation of two japanese cities, does it seem so odd that a being powered by the fusion of the sun itself would flinch at this task?  wasn’t the atomic bomb itself an alien, carried to america in einstein’s furtive mind as he fled his own home?