Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Citizen Of The World!

Fred Ray

Jack Burnley

Howard Chaykin

Jerry Ordway

Dan Jurgens & Walt Simonson

Ed McGuinness & Cam Smith

David Bullock

Superman has renounced his American citizenship. That's what I read anyway. It's a complicated scenario, and I don't even want to begin to imagine the complexity of his legal status, but presumably he's an American citizen only the guise of Clark Kent. So Superman has always been in my mind an international figure with his primary base of operations in the United States. Of course the Fortress of Solitude exists outside those boundaries and if anything is his home that's it. So it's complicated I guess.

Lots of folks are choosing to get their ire up about this, but then they seem to be the same folks who make a business of raising ire. I don't read Superman comics, so I'll only know what the press tells me on this. I'll be interested to see how it develops.


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2 comments:

  1. IIRC, Supes was granted "honorary citizenship" by all member nations (at the time) of the UN.

    Theoretically, Kal-El is an illegal alien, having landed in Kansas without at least one parent being American (or Terran, for that matter) or being born on American soil. (I know, nitpick, nitpick...)

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  2. I know this story has been revised a bunch, but wasn't he brought to an orphanage and then adopted formally by the Kents. While his ultimate origin might be alien, this might confer actual legal status on him.

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