Electric Earthquake is the seventh of the seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character of Superman, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. This animated short was created by the Fleischer Studios. The story runs about eight minutes and covers Superman's adventures in stopping a madman from destroying Manhattan with electronically induced earthquakes. It was originally released 15 May 1942. This is the first of the films to make it clear that the action is taking place in New York City.
Up in the sky. Look, look!
It's a bird.
It's a plane.
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. This amazing stranger from the Planet Krypton, the Man of Steel - Superman. Possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice. Disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
And I still say Manhattan rightfully belongs to my people.
Possibly, but just what do you expect us to do about it?
You have a newspaper. Publish the truth. Have the island vacated immediately.
Why, that's ridiculous.
Ridiculous? Maybe modern science will make you think differently.
I've never heard anything so absurd.
You know, from the look in his eyes, I'd almost believe he was in earnest.
No, he's just a harmless prank.
Come ahead, Miss Lane. You wouldn't want to miss this story, I'm sure.
Just a precautionary measure.
Now, Miss Lane, get ready for the greatest story of your career.
Come on, Kent. Let's get out of here.
This looks like a job for Superman.
A girl is still down there.
You know, Lois. The old island looks just as good as ever.
That's right, Clark. Thanks to Superman.
A Paramount Picture
Steroptical Process and Apparatus Patented. Patent Number 2054414
Paramount presents a Max Fleischer Cartoon in Technicolor
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By arrangement with Action Comics and Superman Magazine
Comic strip created by Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster
Direction: Dave Fleischer
Animation: Steve Muffati, Arnold Gillespie
Story: Seymore Kneitel, Isidore Sparber
Musical Arrangement: Sammy Timberg
Approved, Certificate No. 0321B
Superman Saves Manhattan Island -Story by Lois Lane
Superman Disappears Again
A Paramount Picture in Technicolor