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 Faster Than a Defecting Superhero

I see by the Internets, which never tell a lie, that Superman is going to renounce his American citizenship so that people in other countries no longer think he is an instrument of Official American Policy (Superhero Division).

This has created something of an uproar in that segment of the population known as “People Without Perspective.”

““He should be a strong role model for that depicts the values of AMERICA,” said one web page philosopher. “If you lived here would you renounce your citizenship and go live in IRAN??? Or do you live there now???”

Added another: “Perhaps Superman should have been less concerned with Lex Luthor and fought the real enemy, the illuminati bankers, corporate and religious elites who are devoted to their Luciferian ideals. Yes, there is a global conspiracy happening by the aristocratic and plutocratic elites to break down the USA and force it into a one world government that they control.”

Whoa. Perspective, people. Perspective.

As a comic book devotee of long standing, and a Superman fan from way back, let me try to help.

First, we would do well to remember that Superman, son of Jor-El and Lara of the doomed planet Krypton, sent to Earth where he was raised on Earth by Jonathan and Martha Kent, given the name Clark Kent while developing powers and abilities far beyond those of ordinary men, is made up. Not real. Fiction, fantasy, folly.

Superman is a DRAWING.

There is no such thing as Superman in the reality-based world, which some of my fellow comics readers might remember if they ever ventured out of their parents’ basements, but enough about my brother.

People are investing a whole lot of significance to a being who exists, as the warning label should say, For Entertainment Purposes Only.

Let us remember that whatever Superman does happens in Comics World, where the laws that govern the universe are frequently suspended if not dispensed with altogether. Death, for example. All the big heroes have been killed at one time or another, but some sort of Cosmic Comics Voodoo always seems to brings them back to life. Nobody seems to stay dead in Comics World. Including Superman.

It is also worth noting that Superman is an alien, but in Comics World this isn’t much of a problem. Half the hero population seems to be aliens. This is not usually the case in the reality-based world. I can’t even find out if it’s legal to emigrate by way of rocket ship from a dying planet. I suspect not.

In most of our lifetimes, Superman has stood for Truth, Justice and the American Way. It was not always so. It was simply “Truth and Justice” until the Superman television show was created during the Red Scare of the 1950s, when “the American Way” was added to the creed – I guess to assure people that the only thing red about him was his cape.

So what happens now? Will Superman declare himself a true citizen of the world? Will he use his new status to bring understanding to all people? Will he remain in Metropolis and if so, will he have to get a green card?

You’ll have to buy the comics to find out. Which, to add a little more perspective, is always the point in the reality based world.




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