(1942 / 1943)

Notes: Paramount presents a Max Fleischer cartoon, one of 17 early and impressive Superman cartoons.
Story: Bill Turner and Ted Pierce

Animation: Willard Bowsky and Reuben Grossman
Music: Sammy Timberb
Director: Dave Fleischer

Summary: Looking for prehistoric fossils in Siberia, an archaeological team discovers a "huge monster" frozen in ice. The "Giant" is a tyrannosaur, but about four times larger than an actual one and sporting plates down its back. A refrigerated freighter brings it back where it can be put on exhibit at Metropolis's Museum of Natural History. On the phone, a "professor" tells "the chief" of the Daily Planet of the dangers of potential thaw. The Chief therefore tells Lois Lane to haul over to the museum for this story. While Lois tours the facility, an oil can on a ledge near the generator vibrates into the turbine. The temperature rises, ice melts, and while everyone else runs from the museum, Lois hides and witnesses the reanimation of the animal. A "riot squad" shoots to no avail. The animal rampages down the streets Godzilla-like. Clark Kent converts, saves Lois from museum wreckage, repairs a broken dam, and restores a suspensionbridge. Before the dinosaur can destroy a baseball stadium, the Superman lassos its legs with a bridge cable. Lois Lane tries to photograph the creature's face but is eaten. Superman saves her from the mouth of the tyrannosaur and pins the creature's neck to the ground with a telephone pole. The animal is chained and displayed at the zoo.

Commentary: I haven't tracked dinos in comic books. Clearly there's not much for this cartoon to borrow from in the previous films, so one presumes dinosaurs are at this time enjoying popularity in the comics. This one looks pretty dorky, unfortunately. Besides the inappropriate plates down its back, its eyes are not saurian, its pear-shaped body forces it to lumber, and it has four fangs instead of the tyrannosaur teeth.