Action Comics has long touted the man of steel as an American hero. Even his motto, “Truth Justice and the American way,” does not reflect the Superman of this year. In the latest “Action” comic book, the blue tighted, red caped crusader states he is going global and is not tied to US policy.
In Superman’s own words, “"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 controversial 900th edition of DC Comics is written by David S. Goyer, the artist is Miguel Sepulveda. The story puts Superman in the middle of a nonviolent protest in Tehran against the Iranian regime. Tough work for a caricature. Superman has a bout with his conscience and decides that he stands for all mankind, not just the USA.
An American icon, Superman even has worried presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee with his stance on citizenship. Huckabee stated; “Well it is a comic book, but, you know it’s disturbing that Superman who has always been an American icon is now saying ‘I’m not going to be a citizen. I think it is part of a bigger trend of Americans almost apologizing for being Americans.”
DC publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio state the man of steel is still as American as apple pie. Although the superhero has denied his US citizenship, Lee and DiDio feel that he is still true to the Red, White and Blue.
"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." He is, they say, like his alter-ego Clark Kent who remains a U.S. citizen, "committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville;" stated DC’s publishers.