A not so innocent 9 page story of many celebrating the 900th issue of Action Comics has the world talking. Tucked away as a filler has perhaps sparked a debate that even the world’s oldest superhero has lost his way in America. Superman once stood for “truth, justice and the American way,” he has enough of being used as a puppet by his own government. He wants to be a defender of the world and not just in the interests of his adoptive country.
“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy,” he says.
“I stayed in Azadi Square for 24 hours. I didn’t move. I didn’t speak. I just stayed there,” Superman tells the US National Security Adviser, who fears Superman has gone rogue.
“‘Truth, justice and the American way’ – it’s not enough anymore,” he says. “The world’s too small, too connected.”
Symbolically the US has always looked for heroes in times of hardship. As the economic crisis continues many people are looking for an outlet to escape from their troubles. For many comic book superheros are that fantasy. Superman to turn his back on the US is getting people upset. Many see the story as an allusion to Obama’s citizenship woes.
A statement had to be issued by the offices of DC Comics to explain the uproar this little filler story in a grand scale story where Superman battled his oldest rival Lex Luther in a gigantic cosmic battle.
“Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values,” DC’s co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said in the statement. “As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way.”
And, they added, Superman, like his US citizen alter-ego, Clark Kent, remains, “as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.”
Superman has lost his way and is trying to find an identity within the world. Many Americans are finding out that their inclusive thinking has no place in the ever shrinking social global world. In many ways the rest of the world has embraced the American dream and have been Americanized in some capacity.
It’s time to think outside the box and embrace the rest of the world.
Sometimes when Supe was stopping crimes
I’ll bet that he was tempted to just quit and turn his back
On man, join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city, and kept on changing clothes
In dirty old phonebooths till his work was through
And nothing to do but go on home (Crash Test Dummies)