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 nnmns

    Let’s hope neither Supe nor Clark have to take a commercial flight or cross at a border crossing or get arrested in Arizona.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MERL



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment GJPinks

    Kal El WAS adopted by his parents. He was and abandoned child, not uncommon in the 20s and would have applied for and received a social security card and number representative of his earnings in Kansas. He would be a legal resident of the US and since he has never applied or been accepted for any job requiring that he be a “Natural Born Citizen” there is no problem.
    The problem is in the simple minds of the writers. I hope the Seigle & Schuster families take back Superman before DC destroys the entire Super World.

  • http://ModerndaySuperman Jack West

    The comics were entertainment from the get go. As time moved on, they now face competion from the internet as does other enities. Young people today know of these things of which we speak and the editors have taken the path to broaden the characters appeal by extending them into the real world. To the individual who said Superman’s creators were Canadian, only one was and they created him in Ohio and yes, they were both Jewish and went to confirmation classes together. Both were Bar Mitzvah’d in the same year. They remained friends all their lives. They sold the rights to DC comics but an enterpreting lawyer has the rights reverting back to their families after 2013.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment big d lacy

    what did Odumba oh Obama put superman up to this? if i comitted a crime i would be punished,but it seems they want illegals to get away with a crime and say it is okay.well friends of mine who gained lawful citizenship are upset because they should have to do it the right way as far as Superman giving up his US citizenship whatever get real! how stupid and insulting,its comparing apples to oranges and its not even real.what about thor?? is he going to renounce his citizenship to USA ha ha ha! whatever,i am boycotting any superman comics or him over this stupidity.why dont Obama make superman a fake birth certificate like he has?? will he be the dumbest or the most crooked president alive next to Bill Clinton.well hopefully he wont commit treason against the usa like Clinton and get away with it. Barf!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Hangar Rat69

    I feel, after being required to show my b’certificate after my certificate of live birth was rejected by thedriver testing office when I turned 16, and had to provide my B’certificate to apply for OCS. Ihave a right to ask that my commander in chief show his.It’s not a Birther issue, it’s an AMERICAN issue people. IF he don’t have anything to hide why fight it so hard? To earn respect you have to give respect.

    On the other hand only a fool would go up against Superman, he can stay for as long as he pays his taxes.

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