A Look Back at Superman’s Public Service Announcements

Back in the 1950s, DC Comics began running public service ads within the pages of their comic book publications for the National Social Welfare Assembly promoting harmony between people of difference races, creeds and nationality.

Many of these ads were to promote “National Brotherhood Week” in conjunction with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), while others were simply public service announcements designed to teach young readers certain lessons about life, their community and common decency.

“National Brotherhood Week” was observed during the third week of February from the 1940s to the 1980s and the ads were “dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through education, advocacy, and conflict resolution.”

Perhaps DC needs to think about revisiting the concept. Readers in 2020 could do with a reminder about these ideals.

Here are a collection of Superman-related public service announcements across a variety of different topics.

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