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I would also suggest that he's still getting around by leaping, not flying. And he has to struggle to free himself from the cables and to defeat the robots. The more powers they gave Superman, the less charm he had.
Yes, I think we're seeing the start of the transition from leaping to flying--there are spots in the Fleischer cartoons where he changes direction mid-air and does other maneuvers that wouldn't be possible in a ballistic arc. I'm not an early Superman scholar, but the story I recall is that the animators found it hard to make the leaping look graceful and powerful so they slowly morphed it into flight, and the comic book followed suit.
"And the comic book followed suit": not unlike the Marvel movies and comics.
For better or worse. Sometimes it works, and I think the Marvel movies have generally gotten it right.
The mechanical monster that attacked the House of Jewels was numbered "13" and also "5."
Good eye, Roy! The original animators weren't consistent when numbering the robots. Their minor continuity errors caused me a few problems but, I think, also add to the cartoon's charm. They had no way of knowing that 75 years later we'd be looking so closely!