Monday, August 20, 2012
I am a fan of movie serials from the 40's and 50's. The budgets on these cliffhangers may have been low but there was never any shortage of action, plot twists, and daring escapes. I of course gravitated towards the comic character starring serials, and it's a kick to see such early incarnations of Captain Marvel, Captain America or Batman and Robin in glorious black and white. Probably my favorite serial is King of the Rocket Men, which was not based on a comic book hero - but certainly inspired a few. The flying scenes are quite cool for the time and it must have been great to be a kid back then and see all of the great aerial action. The Rocketeer would have been right at home in one of those old cliffhangers. Adam Strange would have been another good choice, combining elements of King of the Rocket Men and Flash Gordon in one package.