Superman was a reflection of his era, and the troubled times.
The stock market collapsed in 1929, and it was the beginning of the Great Depression. It was a time of economic crash and burn. Millions were out of work and the unemployment rate was staggering.
The great railroads had been built, and now thousands were out of jobs, and the environment was not cooperating. The Great Plains states had the worst drought in their history, and the land had been overworked and had begun to erode. Farm topsoil turned the sky brown, and many families joined the breadlines and considered themselves homeless.
In another part of the World Adolf Hitler's army only grew stronger, and his oppression knew no bounds.
The world was ripe for a Superman, and Superman delivered. He became especially comforting to children during the hard economic times. Superman led them on a magical journey, and gave them hope.
Does any of this sound familiar? Must we repeat history?