On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship?

Superman in less complicated times

Superman has turned in his U.S. passport, preferring to be a citizen of the world.

“I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship,” the super-hero declares to the President’s National Security Advisor in the just released Action Comics 900 from DC Comics, which owns the Superman franchise.


“Great Caesar’s ghost!” writes reporter Dareh Gregorian in the New York Post. “He’s not giving up his citizenship because of health care reform or high taxes. He made the declaration after his protection of protestors in Iran becomes an international incident.”

Christopher Reeve waves the flag


The fictional Man of Steel tells America’s National Security Advisor, “Truth, justice and the American way – it’s not enough anymore. I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy. I’ve been thinking too small. I realize that now.”

So, has Superman turned his back on the red, white and blue?

No, explain DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio. Although he will be a world citizen taking a global outlook, the character is and always will be a red-blooded American at heart, they assured.

Superman, circa 1943


It should be remembered that he’s been an illegal alien all along.

“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,” the co-publishers said in a written statement to the press.

But the reality is that in his origin in the funny books, he’s sent to Earth as a baby to escape the demise of his home planet, Krypton. He’s found by a kindly, childless Smallville couple that raises him as their own.

So, he wasn’t born in the United States — certainly has no birth certificate. The Kents never legally adopt him. So, he’s an undocumented alien.

Is his denouncing citizenship that never existed just a stunt to sell more comic books? After all, controversy sells. If that was the intent, on the Internet there are those who have taken the bait – criticizing the plot development. Not surprisingly, the result has been a surge in sales ever since the denunciations of his actions began. The boost certainly cannot be a disappointment to DC Comics executives.


Commentators on the website called Superman’s actions “troubling” and “distressing.”

However, there is ample precedent. In the early 1990s, the comic book A-team, the “Justice League of America” became “Justice League International” so they could deal with more fairly with global threats.

In the 1970s, Steve Rogers briefly gave up his alter-ego as Captain America to protest U.S. government corruption. He has since returned to his identity as the star-spangled avenger to fight for the American dream, but not for the American government.


In the recent G.I. Joe movie, an American task force is turned into one that represents all countries – so that other nations can feel better about the movie … and buy more tickets.

In the story in the just-released Action Comics 900, Superman attends a non-violent protest rally to voice his support for those who oppose the Iranian regime.

Couldn’t he have just declared he was not acting on behalf of the U.S.? While “Superman” may be giving up his citizenship, Clark Kent won’t. He’ll still live here as a loyal citizen and mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet.

Never mind that he has no legal status with U.S. Customs and Immigration.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Reader

    Superman is an illegal alien and is not a U.S. Citizen. He was not born in the United States and neither of his parents were Americans. Therefore, he cannot renounce something he doesn’t have. Even worse, Clark Kent is working under fraudulent conditions with an illegal social security number. Okay DC Comics, you have some explaining to do!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Daniel

    Be careful. The Birthers will be after Superman next, & as the article said, he has no Kryptonian birth certificate. The irony is that Superman was ” conceived ” in the minds of Jerry Seigle & Joe Schuster, the children of European Jewish immigrants as sort of a symbol of the best aspects of American society.

    an aside – I remember reading that Star Trek, that other popular culture icon, was conceived as a microcosm of the United States in all of its ethnic diversity.

    Both cultural icons started as American creations & they became global with the passage of decades.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jim Mangum

    Who cares? He is just a cartoon, for pete’s sake. I am a year older than Superman, being born in 1937, but to me, he was just an adventure story along with The Shadow, Captain Marvel, The Green Lantern, Smilin’ Jack, Dick Tracy, etc. In WWII, He fought the Nazis and the Japanese. That sort of made him international then.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bRUCE

    AND HE WAS CREATED BY A canadian so he is not AMERICAN ANYWAY

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rodger D

    This is a blind cover that block out the truth of Our Loed Jesus its said he came from the sky as a Child an raise by People for the good of the US to distract the truth of the real Hero Jesus Chirst. It may be just be a comic but converts the mind from the truth.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jules

    Ok next topics:
    -Should Kermit and Miss Piggy be allowed to marry? What kind of children will they have?
    -Wonder Woman is a transgendered Female. Is America doomed?
    -Aquaman: Did he really Save the Whales? Or is he abusing the sea creatures and damaging the underwater environment with his sonar?

    REALLY PEOPLE? Surely there are more pressing issues for the human race?

    • Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

      Well, there is the moral issue of whether Mickey and Donald have strung Minnie and Daisy along for far too long. But at least they are not shocking nudists like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck or Porky Pig, who only reluctantly wears a shirt. And where shall we begin with Uncle Remus?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Hugo

    Not sure how he could get a US passport without necessary documents, on one hand. On the other, he will realize the mistake he made just as soon as he goes to any American Consulate to apply for a tourist visa.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment JOHN ANTOON


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment TERRY HARMON

    Superman has been fighting for us for a long time.Now he feels he must fight for the world.I remember when as a child coming from the first grade that I hurried home just so I could watch Superman on tv. It was in black and white those days. From those shows I learn many things not to be a criminal because it doesn’t payvery well.Be truthful, honest , having respect for everyone and love of our country.I think today that those truths will hold true today.The Superman comics like many others have been a read for every kid on the block.Did you know that they are collected ,traded ,and stored away for grandkids for years. May Superman to continue to be a hero in our eyes for us all. How did he change his clothes so fast in the phone booth?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Babs

    Why must comic books become a political issue? Why do the creators feel it necessary to make a political statement? Comic books should be fun and an escape from the traumatic events of the real world, not an extension of those things.

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