Nearing the end of the Century, the United States Postal service released a collection of stamps- celebrating the 100 years of events that occured and to remark on the accomplishments and sorrows all have endured.
During the 1930’s, Disney released a landmark film that forever carved out this company’s legacy forever. The stamp itself displays Snow White in her iconic blue, yellow, and red dress- in a memorable scene of her singing to the animals of the forest. The vibrant colors contrast with the dark, gloomy dark green background depicting the foliage of the forest- allowing the fauna and princess to guide the wandering eye to throughout the scenes to depict the story in a manner.
The beauty of the film comes with great strain, as the entire (1) film took 250,000 frames to create, each panel drawn by hand, with many workers staying for days on end to finish the tight and precise work ordered by Walt Disney.(2) The film itself took 750 artists, who drew a(3) total of 2 million initial sketches, countless scrapped for the final product that refined the film in the end. At the time, this project was incredibly crucial, as(4) Disney was at its darkest hour- with the Great Depression striking it’s core financially, dropping countless workers and causing many to have their wages slashed. With this in mind, the project was a shot in the dark for Mr. Disney, (5) many (including his own wife) advising him to drop the project as the adult audience would find no entertainment to the childish banter of Fairy Tales.
Luckily, he persisted- pushing his artists to the extremes, thus creating the Jewel of the Company. (6)When the Movie aired, some claimed the movie was the best thing since the Armistice of WWI, as the most painful times were lightened by the joyous success that kindled a fire within the souls of many, as hope seemed lost. With this stamp being featured for the celebration of the 1930’s, it comes without saying that this choice was one of the jewels of the decade which was long remembered as the decade of poverty. Another jewel featured within the Stamp collection recalling the 1930’s would be Superman. The man of steel portrayed in the given stamp wears his quintessential uniform of a Cerulean body suit with the engraving of ‘S’ for his name, embellished in Scarlet and Aureolin, with a radical Arylide yellow depicting Superman flying.
The concept of (1)Superman began in Cleveland, dating back to the year 1938, approaching the end of the decade. (2)It all started with 2 highschool students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who soon (3)sold the rights to the comic for $130 to Detective Comics, soon known as ‘DC’. This later sparked outrage in later years (1960’s) but the Hero himself brought a taste unknown to the table. Never before were characters used in such a way that expressed sheer power and strength, with weakness being unknown to them. The comic was soon used to boost morale for soldiers fighting in WW2, (4)estimating around 35,000 copies sent each month to service men across the seas). Along with the outlandish scenarios conjured up within this comic, at the time-(5) comics portrayed an incredibly Socialistic view, as the hero’s usually fought against greedy rich entrepreneurs who shared no money with the struggling poor. This caused a massive bond to form with the majority of the audience, who as mentioned- at the time were in great vain as the Great Depression sucked the money out of their pockets.
With this connection, Superman’s fame rose to unprecedented highs, and the support for the man who saw no defeats only skyrocketed from there- allowing for Superman to land a special shelf in the homes of many, as the name quickly became a family name and thus stapled its legacy to the history of comic.