Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #7!


Alvin Schwartz wrote Superman stories in the 1940s and 1950s, including the daily comic strips at one point.

In one story, Superman fought Professor Duske, who had a cyclotron (one of the earliest types of particle accelerators).

According to the Amazing World of DC Comics #16, the United States War Department was alarmed by this story, and in a letter from the War Department to the District Engineer at the United States Engineer Office in Tennessee, expressed their concern.

They were not, as some people feared, upset about the level of detail the books went into, but rather, the fact that having a cyclotron appear in a comic book would cause the public to take the device less seriously, and the government wanted its citizens to have a healthy amount of fear about the nuclear devices the government used.

So no, Superman was never a Benedict Arnold!

That's it for this week!

Feel free to tell me some urban legends you have heard, and I will try to confirm or deny them!

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