Happy 133rd Birthday, Max Fleischer!

Max Fleischer and friendToday marks the 133rd birthday of animator Max Fleischer, who, along with his brother Dave, was responsible for creating Betty Boop, the first Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons, and the beautifully rendered Superman cartoons of the 1940s.

In the 1940s, Fleischer was the head of animation for The Jam Handy Organization, an industrial film company. This lighthearted newsreel from that outfit, illustrated by Fleischer, shows how versatile an illustrator he was.

Happy birthday, Max Fleischer, wherever you may be!