Sunday, September 6, 2015

What Happens When a Superhero Fails...

What if the superhero can't stop the destruction of New York City? That's what happens in the last chapter of Republic's movie serial King of the Rocket Men (1949). 
Republic had access to special effects footage from the 1933 disaster picture Deluge and apparently couldn't resist using it, even if it meant that the superhero actually failed in his mission. Despite his dubious record of success, the character went on to inspire Commando Cody and the Rocketeer. 

The destruction of New York City by tidal wave doesn't bother the serial characters much, oddly.

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