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How Liberalism Became Kryptonite for Superman
The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 8, 2014 | Chuck Dixon And Paul Rivoche

Posted on 06/10/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT by Bratch

In the 900th issue of Action Comics, Superman decides to go before the United Nations and renounce his U.S. citizenship. " 'Truth, justice and the American way'—it's not enough any more," he despairs. That issue, published in April 2011, is perhaps the most dramatic example of modern comics' descent into political correctness, moral ambiguity and leftist ideology.

We are comic-book artists and comics are our passion. But more important they've inspired and shaped many millions of young Americans. Our fear is that today's young comic-book readers are being ill-served by a medium that often presents heroes as morally compromised or no different from the criminals they battle. With the rise of moral relativism, "truth, justice and the American way" have lost their meaning.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: liberalism; moralrelativism; superman
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1 posted on 06/10/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

It’s not PC to talk about the “American Way” anymore.

If I recall correctly, they deleted the “American Way” line from the most recent Superman movies. Hollywood idiots are so PC they couldn’t stomach that being in there.

2 posted on 06/10/2014 6:43:49 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et o)
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And that’s why today’s Hollywood can’t make a good “Superman” movie.

The character doesn’t work if he’s portrayed as morally ambiguous. That’s why there was such an outcry over the way he dealt with his antagonist in “Man of Steel”. The audience reacted negatively because his actions weren’t true to his character.

But the director wanted to be edgy.

3 posted on 06/10/2014 7:18:39 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

Bravo to Chuck Dixon, one of my favorite comic writers on things like Airboy, Detective Comics, Moon Knight and Birds of Prey. The man writes great adventure stories.

I’m not familiar with Paul Rivoche, since I stopped reading comics a few years back because of much of what Chuck wrote about. It seems like once Bush was elected in 2000, the occasional liberal undertone became a constant, overt presence. From what I gather, today’s comics have taken that to new levels, and sales figures show much of the audience has voted with their feet. Enter liberalism, exit fun.

Thank God for back issues!

4 posted on 06/10/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: LostInBayport

yes siree - I’ve very few issues after 2000, but just got another batch in the mail today to fill some holes from the 60s and 70s. (my wifes gonna kill me ;) 30K+ and counting.

I’m a Dixon fan myself - loved Airboy.

Since they (the publishers) went direct market and cut back on drug store and subscriptions in the 80s, their market focus has changed to adults instead of kids. So they started writing to target what they thought that market wanted.

5 posted on 06/10/2014 8:11:17 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Bratch

I don’t need a super hero ridden with angst....

6 posted on 06/10/2014 9:28:15 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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