It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's Not An American?!"
Although that’s not exactly the famous expression from Superman comics, it could very well be soon.
On April 27, in the latest issue of the comic book, Superman talks about his plans to give up his US citizenship. He says he is tired of having his personal actions being misunderstood as those of the US government. Because he considers his battle against evil and injustice to be a global one, he doesn’t want people to brand him as an American. "The world's too small. Too connected," he concludes.
A Super Love Story
“The Man of Steel,” has been a cartoon, movie, video game, radio and TV superstar ever since any of us can remember. And, he has always been an American. The story goes that although he comes from the planet Krypton he was raised by a farmer and his wife in Kansas, USA, and works as newspaper reporter “Clark Kent” when he is not saving the world.
The latest change in storyline has angered some critics who claim that Superman has always stood for American values and that should not change. No matter what side of the story you may be on, what’s amazing is that we are still talking about a comic character 73 years after he first flew into our imagination.
American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster created the comic superhero which was first published in 1938. They originally created him as a villain and then decided to make him a “superhero,” a word first used to refer to Superman. The success of Superman began the superhero comic trend of Batman, Spiderman and others. It even gave birth to many other comic series based on the characters that appeared in the comic like Superboy, Supergirl, Superman’s girlfriend and then wife, Lois Lane, and even Krypto the Superdog!
Over the years, the creators have revised Superman’s storyline numerous times, changed the design of his famous blue costume and even killed him once. Of course, he came back to life soon after (superheroes never die). And yet another Superman movie is being filmed right now.
Looks like our love affair with the man of steel will last forever.