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rfrobison
04-29-2011, 06:55 AM
Heard a BBC report today that an upcoming issue of the iconic Marvel comic will see the Man of Steel renounce his American citizenship at — wait for it — the United Nations.

I can see it now: "...fighting for Relativism, Expediency and, er, The Multilateral Way!"

Maybe instead of battling the Nazis like he did in the bad old days, Very Good Man will beat up a few Gaddafi troops lackadaisically and wait for instructions from the UNSC on what to do when the colonel refuses to go away.

Is nothing sacred?!

bjkeefe
04-29-2011, 08:32 AM
Beat ya. (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=206056#post206056)

;)

rfrobison
04-29-2011, 08:46 AM
Beat ya. (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=206056#post206056)

;)

Ha! Oh well, at least we have Super-O to defend us... :-|

miceelf
04-29-2011, 11:19 AM
Heard a BBC report today that an upcoming issue of the iconic Marvel comic will see the Man of Steel renounce his American citizenship at — wait for it — the United Nations.



Iconic *MARVEL* comic????????

The most iconic man of steel in the Marvel universe is probably Colossus, that evil Rusky.

miceelf
04-29-2011, 11:33 AM
What's interesting is that he actually renounced his American-ness to free himself up from the bureaucracy and the apparently liberal isolationists who didn't want him interfering in foreign policy.

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/04/action-comics-900/

miceelf
04-29-2011, 06:17 PM
Also, you might find this kind of amusing/interesting. This is a revision of a revised version of superman, kind of like the pledge of allegiance:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/superman-renounces-his-u-s-citizenship/?hp

"Correction: April 29, 2011

An earlier version of this blog post misstated the mission of Superman when the comic book began in 1938. He fought for truth and justice but not the American way, a goal that was added when the television show had its debut in the early 1950s."

rfrobison
04-29-2011, 07:55 PM
Also, you might find this kind of amusing/interesting. This is a revision of a revised version of superman, kind of like the pledge of allegiance:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/29/superman-renounces-his-u-s-citizenship/?hp

"Correction: April 29, 2011

An earlier version of this blog post misstated the mission of Superman when the comic book began in 1938. He fought for truth and justice but not the American way, a goal that was added when the television show had its debut in the early 1950s."

Interesting! Red Scare era, I guess. To be honest, I know next to nothing about comics. Never got into them as a kid.

miceelf
04-29-2011, 09:26 PM
Interesting! Red Scare era, I guess. To be honest, I know next to nothing about comics. Never got into them as a kid.

Thats probably to your credit and I know far too much, which is NOT to mine.

rcocean
04-30-2011, 01:28 AM
Interesting! Red Scare era, I guess. To be honest, I know next to nothing about comics. Never got into them as a kid.

An earlier version of this blog post misstated the mission of Superman when the comic book began in 1938. He fought for truth and justice but not the American way, a goal that was added when the television show had its debut in the early 1950s."

The NYT can' even get their corrections right. "Truth. justice, and the American way" began in the radio program in August 1942. We were at war at the time, & we were at war in 1951 when the TV show began. Korean war = red scare?!

Superman was always a kids' program, and I don't think many kids today care about comics or Superman.

rfrobison
04-30-2011, 10:04 AM
The NYT can' even get their corrections right. "Truth. justice, and the American way" began in the radio program in August 1942. We were at war at the time, & we were at war in 1951 when the TV show began. Korean war = red scare?!

Superman was always a kids' program, and I don't think many kids today care about comics or Superman.

Hmm, well, as I said, I don't really know anything about comics or their history so I can't comment on the time frames involved. If the early '50s is correct, though, it would not surprise me at all to hear that the makers of a popular TV program would insert a phrase like "the American Way" into the opening of the show, given that Hollywood was under pressure to show its patriotism. The Red Scare did, in fact, take place during that period.

That is not to downplay the genuine nature of the Communist threat or the importance of the Cold War's first hot war. Sorry, RC, but you'll not be able to tag me as a pinko, if that's your goal. I invite you to start with this. (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=167187#post167187)

Added: I started this thread with tongue firmly planted in cheek. I'd be happy if everybody could just have a laugh and move on...

bjkeefe
05-13-2011, 03:10 PM
Maybe?

Stuef is not impressed (http://wonkette.com/445869/mitt-romney-slams-obama-by-saying-how-great-both-their-health-plans-are):

Superman apparently likes America again, praising its allowance for “second chances.” Apparently he has not seen politics in 2011, where the game is to find people, even complete nobodies, who may differ with you on certain issues, and try to completely destroy their lives. But what does he know? He doesn’t exist. [Bleeding Cool (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/11/superman-loves-america-again-its-official)]

Me, I don't think wingnuts will be placated, even by the more enthusiastic Bleeding Cool post. Way too urban, cosmopolitan, in love with the immigrants, etc. Clearly, what Superman loves (http://images.google.com/images?q=obama+superman&biw=1221&bih=765) is NotRealAmerica. In fact, the whole thing is a stealth campaign for AMNESTY.

rfrobison
05-13-2011, 08:56 PM
Maybe?

Stuef is not impressed (http://wonkette.com/445869/mitt-romney-slams-obama-by-saying-how-great-both-their-health-plans-are):



Me, I don't think wingnuts will be placated, even by the more enthusiastic Bleeding Cool post. Way too urban, cosmopolitan, in love with the immigrants, etc. Clearly, what Superman loves (http://images.google.com/images?q=obama+superman&biw=1221&bih=765) is NotRealAmerica. In fact, the whole thing is a stealth campaign for AMNESTY.

Strange what people can find the energy to get hot under the collar about. Whole thing reminds me of "Murphy Brown's" bastard child...