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Superman renounces U.S. citizenship in latest issue of Action Comics

Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship

Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship is the newest wrinkle of the fascinating life of the man of steel.

In the latest issue of Action Comics, Superman becomes overly concerned that his heroism is being viewed as a tool for the United States exclusively.

Superman renouncing his U.S. citizenship"I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," the superhero says in issue No. 900.

" 'Truth, justice and the American way' -- it's not enough anymore," the man from Krypton says, refocusing on a more global approach to crime-fighting.

"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," DC's co-publishers, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, said in a statement to the N.Y. Post.

"In a short story in ACTION COMICS 900, Superman announces his intention to put a global focus on his never-ending battle, but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville," they said.

The controversial story in question is titled "The Incident,"  written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In the tale, Superman is reprimanded by a Secret Service staffer for appearing at a nonviolent protest in Tehran against the Iranian regime. It's then that he realizes he doesn't represent the U.S.A.; he is on Earth to protect everyone.


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Images: Superman is shown in the latest issue of Action Comics. (Associated Press / DC Comics)

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What are they doing to my hero?! *sigh*

"appearing at a nonviolent protest in Tehran against the Iranian regime" is against American Values?!? Last I checked nothing could be more FOR American values. "Superman is reprimanded by a Secret Service staffer" would mean he was reprimanded by one of the Empty Suit's tools. If the Supergoof thinks the UN is going to help the protesters in Iran, these lefty cartoonist need irony explained to them.

Superman is an illegal immigrant. He should be deported.

It sure opens a lot more plot lines. So, what does he do when the president of France gives him his new rules of engagement? Does Interpol arrest him for violating the UN Small Arms Treaty with his LASER vision?

How do we know he is truly an American citizen? Show us your long form adoption papers!

" but he remains, as always, committed to his adopted home "

Right, which is why he angrily announces he is going to go to the U.N. and RENOUNCE his American citizenship. Because, particularly in today's global political climate, that indicates that he's trying to protect the U.S. from his actions and that he's really a man of the globe. Because there's no other way to do that than to angrily RENOUNCE his American citizenship. At the U.N. In a landmark episode.

Right, sure, this is not a massive, mean-spirited swipe at the U.S. to pander to a global audience. At all.

WOW! It didnt take his super-brain that long then (just 73 years) to figure out that he should be a symbol to all nations rather than be a lackey for the US!

Thank you so much lefties for shoving this out there right now, this very week when Obama kowtowed to Trump, the week that Obama was 41% in the polls, the week that the Senate & Obama wanted to bring up another version of the "Dream Act" again for illegal aliens, the week that many American cities and counties are cutting police, fire and ambulance services but NOT CUTTING any funding to illegals going to college on our dime in California.

Thank you for reminding us that this Administration and all the Democrats that love Obama are nothing but tools of all the America Haters.

Thank you again for reminding us that funding non-profits is more important than police, fire, roads and emergency services.

Thank you again for reminding us that illegal aliens should have rights to welfare, section 8, free schools, free medical while our schools in California are filled with illegals, American children are being shoved out to make room for more illegal alien comforts, books, free lunches.

Thank you again for voting for the cop killer lover Kamala Harris over the law and order person Steve Cooley.

Thank you for providing most of the illegal aliens in California with welfare, school, money, housing benefits that Americans who were born here don't get.

But go ahead, keep voting for Democrats. I mean why not? At this point Superman is a Democrat, he's not American anymore according to his new owners.

Don't forget that DC Comics is owned by Disney. Steve Jobs is on their board.....

Worst excuse for avoiding paying taxes that I have ever heard. Shame on you, Superman!

How does this affect Clark Kent, though? Is his passport still valid?

"he is on Earth to protect everyone"

All the people of this Planet need to take a look at themselves.
WHAT are we doing to our planet.
WHAT are we doing to other people ... even the ones in our own COUNTRIES.
HOW is it possible there are people who lost their house due to the credit crunch now having to live in a TENT!!! And that in the RICHEST country of the WORLD?
And there is a lot wrong in other countries too. ALL THOSE PEOPLE NEED to have a look at themselves and the things that are wrong in the countries they live in and start doing something to make things BETTER.


I always liked Supergirl better. And besides, what did Superman ever do for me? Nothing. But he's right--he's just been a stooge all these years for corporate America, keeping the masses brainwashed and subdued, making them believe that there's a superhero somewhere who will rescue them and make their meaningless lives as drones for Big Business somehow relevant instead of stupid, vacuous and empty. I think Superman should wear hippie beads, smoke pot and "Turn on, tune in and drop out".

So, you finally decided to move too? Ping me if you need a pad in Shanghai.

More leftist garbage from an America-hating clown who happens to be a comic book "author"...nothing like comic books to teach kids how to hate America like punks such as him already do.

DC Comics controls Superman. They have every right creatively to do anything they want with their fictional character. That said this whole stunt is to create publicity -- and we know no publicity is bad.

I just find it strange - at a time when increases in gasoline and food prices are rapidly eating away at the buying power of the American Middle Class, DC Comics has decided to pull this stunt which the very folks that read this comic and pay to watch DC Comic's movies are going to see as a betrayal.

Time will tell. I'm sure DC's leadership loves the publicity. But I can't help wondering about the new Superman movie. The last attempt to revive the movies failed. Now, well, the investors are going to start to worry -- it all comes down to profits after all.

I've looked at several of these threads since yesterday - the biggest supporters of DC's action appear to be folks who don't read comics or go to such frivolous movies. But I'm sure DC knows best -- those overseas markets will definitely make up for those Middle Class Americans who may feel insulted by a fictional American - sorry World Hero.

After all the DC Comic writers look on the UN as if it was some actual World Government, instead of an overgrown bureaucracy left over from the Cold War. If television covered the general assembly - giving Americans an opportunity to hear and see for themselves the actual debates -- a week after it started the US would be forced to withdraw from the UN by a very angry public. Anyone who has bothered to sit in the audience for an hour or two understands I'm telling the truth.

Well DC Good luck! Smallville is ending and to many this new Superman seems far from an American hero.

right-wingers all throwing a fit because of a comic book storyline. wow. amazing that folks on the right get so worked up over things that are pure fiction.

next thing you know, they will claim that the President they did not vote for is not really American.

oh wait...

This is why aliens can never be President.

WHo cares! Superman is a phony. BATMAN is a real American hero! Dark, torn, right meaning but using dark methods to achieve good and he never quite lives up to his own ideals. His methods can be evil but he stills proclaims the moral high ground.

@Brad-"Right, sure, this is not a massive, mean-spirited swipe at the U.S. to pander to a global audience. At all."


Now Superman's patriotism
Has caused a political schism
When he's trying to say
The American way
Reflects a conservative prism.

News Short n' Sweet by JFD8

Superman is an alien. He's not of this planet, yet he holds all the power in the world (thanks to our yellow sun), to, at any time, conquer earth. Why doesn't he? That's where his true power lies, within restraint.

Superman has been utilized as a political tool in the past, during WW2 he took on the "Japs" and even faced Adolph Hitler himself: hence "Truth, Justice, and the American Way."

Superman is an alien to this planet, as Clark Kent he fits in as one of us and only shows his true powers when needed, posing as a business professional (where he succeeds) and living the uneventful life of a news reporter.

Being from another world, Superman can see the hipocrisy of U.S. politics, and is tired, and should not be subject to being their "flagboy."

Anthony: "amazing that folks on the right get so worked up over things that are pure fiction."

I'm dating myself, but I remember when Dan Quayle attacked "Murphy Brown" for being an unwed mother...

The problem is that the values on the right include "Everyone but us is wrong," while values on the left include "Everyone has a point to make." So rightists are quick to criticize when someone suggests something outside their comfort zone, while a leftist is likely to say "I disagree with you...but I'll defend your right to say that..."

No matter how heroic Superman is, how many Americans he saved, and how he represents America value, he can never be US President -- for the Birthers, Tea Party and GOP will get him! No wonder Superman is renouncing his citizenship!

{Don't forget that DC Comics is owned by Disney. Steve Jobs is on their board.....

Posted by: Keep it up lefties from a true America lover BORN & RAISED HERE | April 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM }




@ Keep it up lefties from a true America lover BORN & RAISED HERE

Let us not forget that DC Comics is NOT owned by Disney but Warner Brothers.


Since Superman came to Earth from another planet, and didn't have a passport, visa, or green card when he landed, HE'S AN ILLEGAL ALIEN (in every sense of the words) -- so how come he has US citizenship??

And why aren't the Republicans calling for him to be deported back to his home planet??


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