The old saying goes ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs as American as baseball and apple pie‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†But other things also symbolize the strength and fairness of the United States and one of those things is the iconic image of SUPERMAN.¬† That is until this month.¬† According to DC, owner and publisher of Superman, in the 900th issue of Action Comics, this American Icon who always stood for ‚ÄúTruth, Justice and the American Way‚ÄĚ will be denouncing his citizenship.
Yep you heard it right, the Man of Steel has turned his back on the country that took him in and raised him.¬† But let‚Äôs shift gears a bit as I give you a little background information of the world‚Äôs most famous super hero.
Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two teenagers who just happened to also be boyhood friends, in the early 1930‚Äôs.¬† ¬†Siegel first used the name “Superman” in 1933 for a science fiction story, “The Reign of Superman,” illustrated by Joe Shuster.¬† While the two searched for a publisher for their Superman character Shuster and Siegel began to work for Detective Comics which eventually became DC.¬† In 1938 they sold the rights to their Superman character to DC for a measly $130.00.
Since then Superman has spun out dozens of comic books and novels,¬†a half dozen animated series, one movie serial, three TV series and five movies with a new movie currently in preproduction.¬† Worldwide sales of Superman merchandise nets Warner Brothers, owners of DC Comics, over $500 million dollars per year.¬† Quite a franchise.
So why after 79 years of fighting for ‚ÄúTruth, Justice and the American Way‚ÄĚ has Superman decided to join the liberal ranks and become a citizen of the world?¬† Well according to the super hero himself, “Truth, justice and the American way – it`s not enough anymore. I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my US citizenship. I`m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy. I`ve been thinking too small. I realize that now.‚ÄĚ
In a statement released by DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio, the two insisted Clark Kent`s alter ego is not turning his back on America.
“Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values. As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way.¬† In a short story in Action Comics 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.‚ÄĚ
Some might say ‚ÄúBig Deal‚ÄĚ he‚Äôs only a comic book character and that may be true but I think this reaches far beyond the pages of a comic book, or a movie or a cartoon.¬† I think this one decision speaks volumes on how the left feels about America, its ideals and its future.¬† Superman is an icon loved by billions around the world.¬† He epitomizes everything that is good about our country.¬† He stood for “truth, justice and the American way” and never varied from that belief‚Ä¶.till now. ¬†I think Lee and Didio need to take a long, hard second look at issue 900 of Action Comics before it‚Äôs released.¬† Because if it‚Äôs released as is it can only mean the sad demise of one of America‚Äôs¬†oldest and most faithful spokesman. ¬†Superman will cease to be a representation of all that is good in America and begin to represent all that is tearing apart America.¬† Let‚Äôs all hope it‚Äôs only a nightmare dream sequence that he, like some of this country, can awaken from before it‚Äôs too late.