It started, I think, with a random link to Joe E. Brown, lead to Philip Wylie, forked to his short story, "The Paradise Crater" (a Nazis-on-the-Moon yarn from 1945 that had him under house arrest by the Feds for awhile -- I want to read it!) and another Wylie work, Gladiator, (considered a probable influence on Superman) which led back Joe E. Brown and from there to Daws Butler. (With side trips to see Don Messick and Time for Beany). (This leads inevitably to The Brain and his voice, the brilliant Maurice LaMarche. Oh, if only he weren't...Canadian. [Kidding!])
"Daws who?" Why, the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and a long list of Hanna-Barbera characters, and one of Nancy Cartwright's mentors!
.....From Wylie article, it appears likely he was the godfather not only of the Man of Steel, but the Man of Bronze (Doc Savage) and the Man of the Future (Flash Gordon).
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