Friday, April 29, 2011

Superman an American No More

I first saw this story when I got up this morning and was checking my email.  I can’t tell you how many times it has popped up in my Google Reader since then.  

The long and short of it is as follows – Superman goes to a protest in Iran, someone assumes that he is working for the US government (which he is not) thus causing additional international strife, and then the Man of Steel basically saying “I’m my own person” and that he is sick of his actions being interpreted as official American policy. 

A lot is going to be read into this.  People are going to accuse the folks at DC Comics of all kinds of horrible things, but I honestly don’t see this as a big deal.  Superman is simply taking that next step making “Truth, justice, and the American way” even more inspiring by taking it to the world and doing it as an individual, not as a representative of a country. 

One thing is certain…the Man of Tomorrow hasn’t gotten this much press since he died.


Otter Limits said...

I just finished reading the comic that this incident came from (Action Comics #900).
First of all, saying that Superman hasn't gotten this much press since he died is absolutely right! Do you realize how difficult it was to obtain a copy of this flippin' comic book? I checked Amazon and a 1st printing of this thing is already going to 30 bucks!
Anyway, I finally found a 2nd (or possibly 3rd) printing of it at the Hastings in Yukon.
The story from which this all stems from isn't even part of the main story in the comic. It's almost like a sidebar story (you know, those stories they print at the back of the book as an afterthought?).
So anyway, the whole point that Superman was trying to make (I think) is that he is not an official representative of the government and that the whole "truth, justice and the American way" has risen above the country itself and that he stands for truth and justice for ALL humankind.
And besides, he didn't even really do anything that caused all the ruckus. He just attended a government protest in Iran. He didn't speak, didn't act, didn't do anything. He just stood there in the crowd.
People need to get a grip. Superman is for all people, not just citizens of the United States. The guy isn't even human, remember?

Dave said...

Steve said: "Superman is for all people, not just citizens of the United States."