Superman (1941) The Mad Scientist
When I was a child I had a VHS tape of all the Superman shorts by Fliesher Studios. I wore that tape out. I still think they’re brilliant.
"Superman became the most successful cartoon in the late period of the studio. Its ultra-realistic drawing, stylish Art Deco look and magnificently intricate scoring made the Superman pilot the high-water mark of the studio’s sophisticated output."
Reminds me of the pioneering sci-fi Metropolis as well as the 90’s Batman the Animated Series.
I guess this was back when superman jumped rather than flew. And I guess punching electricity/lasers made sense in the 40’s.