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Supermanís America
Boston Globe ^ | June 8, 2013 | Larry Tye

Posted on 06/11/2013 3:30:04 AM PDT by Bratch

This is the season of Superman in America — a time when the Last Son of Krypton is celebrating his milestone 75th birthday, Warner Bros. is releasing its “Man of Steel’’ movie that it hopes will be the biggest ever for a superhero, and everyone from comic book aficionados to Ivy League academics are asking what, if anything, our most enduring icon can tell us about not just himself but about us.

Ah, you say, the Metropolis Marvel — I know him! But did you know that Superman stood up to Hitler and Stalin before America did? The comic-book superhero never revealed how he voted, but during the Great Depression he was a New Dealer hellbent on upending slumlords and wife-beaters. A decade later he used his radio broadcast to expose the evils of anti-Semitism along with the savagery of the Ku Klux Klan. And in his first TV appearance the muscle-bound alien stood up to rabble-rousing mobs at the very moment when Senator Joseph McCarthy was whipping those mobs into a Red Scare.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: manofsteel; superman

1 posted on 06/11/2013 3:30:04 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

That was the old white guy Superman, not the new citizen of the world Superman.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 3:48:17 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart
Enjoy ... part of my ill spent youte, in front of the TV (especially Saturday mornings), munching on dry puffies (Quaker Puffed Rice, shot from guns), which I stood up for, in front of the TV and fell down when Gabby Hayes said;"Shot from guns", and a cannon went off and ... never mind .... enjoy
3 posted on 06/11/2013 4:09:02 AM PDT by knarf (<p>Gimmee my share.)
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To: Bratch

If there was a real world Superman I think he would find a POTUS for the Moon, regardless of a habitat or any atmosphere.

Reminds me of the adage of an “expertly tossed penguin” comes to mind. How big of a crater if a person was tossed from Earth to the Moon?


4 posted on 06/11/2013 4:15:02 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
When the Overman arrives, he won't see himself as a "citizen".
5 posted on 06/11/2013 4:41:47 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

That was interesting and held my attention...right up until he slammed people not on board with the homos as ‘small minded’. Stopped right there.


6 posted on 06/11/2013 5:24:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Bratch

I remember when Superman stood for “truth, justice, and the American way”. Today’s Superman stands for “truth and justice” - I don’t have any objection to truth or to justice, but the omission is revolting enough that I will not purchase anything associated with today’s Superman.


7 posted on 06/11/2013 5:24:58 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Bratch

I just don’t trust any guy who trots around in a catsuit.


8 posted on 06/11/2013 5:44:35 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Bratch
From the article -

"They gathered all the intelligence they could on the Klan’s passwords and rituals, its ways of corrupting politicians, and its means of wrapping itself in the flag."

I wonder if during all this research they discovered that the Klan was a terrorist organization for the Democrats? I wonder if they discovered that it was Dem pols and not Repubs who were members of the Klan? I wondered if they discovered that a sitting member of the Supreme Court was a Klansman?

I think it was radio that put in the "truth, justice, and the American way" line. However, if you were a believer and enforcer of FDR's New Deal methods, than no possible way could you be for the American way.

9 posted on 06/11/2013 7:34:35 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Pollster1
When his loyalties are questioned during the film, Superman offers a simple response.

"I grew up in Kansas. I'm about as American as you get," he says.

Super Patriot: 'Man of Steel' Embraces American Roots
10 posted on 06/11/2013 2:13:51 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch
And in his first TV appearance the muscle-bound alien stood up to rabble-rousing mobs at the very moment when Senator Joseph McCarthy was whipping those mobs into a Red Scare.

Not actually true, but don't let that stop you.

Larry Tye is author of “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.”

Just another hack flacking his wares.

11 posted on 06/11/2013 2:26:24 PM PDT by x
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