The first Superman comics were published during the New Deal. The problems faced by the New Deal (financial speculation, corruption, poverty, unemployment, social security) can be found in the comics. Siegel and Shuster, like many comics authors, were American Jews, a social group that typically supported Roosevelt and his politics. In the years leading to the 1941-1945 war the United States slowly moved from isolationism to interventionism; Superman comics testify this evolution and indeed anticipate it. We then consider Lois Lane, its role of reporter and its narrative function, hinting at the evolution of the character.
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