So lets say you're a dastardly villain, looking to protect your "legitimate business" or "diplomatic investigations" from some meddling do-gooder. Maybe it's not even Superman, maybe it's the Blue Beetle with his bullet-resistant mesh costume. Maybe it's Wonder Woman or Namor or Captain America with his annoying shield. What are your options?
Well, outside of mad-science death rays or superpowers of your own, they're surprisingly limited. American military research seems to have stagnated pretty hard in the 1930s. A bunch of America's iconic World War 2 weapons were only developed when we entered the war, or maybe a year earlier. Bazookas, Sherman tanks, flamethrowers, dedicated antitank guns... none of those existed in the United States in 1938. So let's see what was around.
(Note: this is just my own brainstorming, not an exhaustive technical analysis.)
|minis from Pulp Figures|
First off, the small arms. M1 Garand and other rifles, M1911 and other pistols, and various shotguns. This is pretty basic stuff, unlikely to take down an opponent with even a slightly superhuman resistance to damage.
|tank by Trenchworx, captain by Pulp Figures|
Also it was adorable. Really just the cutest little tank.
I'll probably do some more To Kill a Superhero posts as I continue to develop this campaign, perhaps branching out into foreign sources, or unconventional weapons (gas? poison?), or even advancing the timeline once we get into actual play.