WW~Notes: With the new Superman reboot in the can and ready to hit theaters in June 2013, it’s time for Americans to know the truth behind the comic-book icon’s creation and true purpose.
By Blair Kramer
As a popular means to express such American virtues as honesty, patriotism and chivalry, no medium can compete with the comic book. Since the 1930s, American comic books have been populated by heroes who save innocent victims, entire nations, even the world, from characters representing evil. Crime fighters like Dick Tracy and Batman, fighters against foreign espionage like the Green Lantern and that forerunner of modern feminism, the goddess-like Wonder Woman, are among the best-known comic book superheroes.
But no comic book hero embodies American ideals as does Superman. As everyone knows, the man with the “S” on his chest symbolizes “truth, justice and the American Way,” What fewer people know is that the creators and definers of Superman’s Americanism were Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and Joe Shuster (1914-1992), two Jewish teenagers from Cleveland.
Superman’s early development was awkward. Siegel first used the name in 1933 for a science fiction story titled, “The Reign of Superman,” with illustrations by Schuster. Inspired by the German philosopher Nietzsche, Siegel’s first Superman was an evil mastermind with advanced mental powers. Unfortunately, the text of this story has been lost to history.
After Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933 and proceeded to distort Nietzsche’s concept of Superman, Siegel and Shuster decided to rethink their own concept of Superman’s character. They changed their Jewish-created Superman to a force for good. Their biggest challenge was finding a publisher interested in producing a Superman comic. It took five years to find one.
In 1938, just before the outbreak of war in Europe and at a low point in the Depression, Siegel and Shuster were working for Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz at D.C. Comics in New York. There, an editor finally agreed to let Superman appear in the first issue of Action Comics (volume #1, June, 1938). Possessing superhuman powers, Superman leaped tall buildings in a single bound and bullets bounced off his chest as he lifted automobiles and ripped steel doors from their hinges. In the first issue, Superman even rescued battered wives from abusive husbands.
When America entered World War 11 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Superman’s character evolved into a combat hero. He destroyed Nazi armor, Japanese submarines and everything else that was thrown at the Allies. In fact, the cover of a 1944 issue of Superman featured the Man of Steel throttling Hitler and Tojo by the collar.
Despite his superhuman powers, Superman shared some characteristic traits with a majority of American Jews in the 1940s. Like them, he had arrived in America from a foreign world. His entire family—in fact his entire race—had been wiped out in a holocaust-like disaster on his home planet, Krypton. Like German Jewish parents who sent their children on the kindertransports, or the baby Moses set adrift in the bull rushes, Superman’s parents launched him to Earth in hopes that he would survive. And while the mild-mannered Clark Kent held a white collar job as a reporter by day, the “real” man behind Kent’s meek exterior was a virile, indestructible crusader for justice. This fantasy must have resonated among American Jews, who felt powerless to help their brethren in the death camps of Europe.
Superman obeys the Talmudic injunction to do good for its own sake and heal the world where he can. Siegel and Shuster had created a mythic character who reflected their own Jewish values.
By the 1950s, Siegel and Schuster grew dissatisfied with their personal financial return from D.C. Comics’s exploitation of their character, and they sued the company for the ownership rights to Superman. Eventually, D.C. Comics agreed to pay them a modest royalty for the rest of their lives.
Today, Siegel and Shuster are largely forgotten. But the most influential individuals ever to work in the American comic book industry left an enormous mark on America’s collective imagination with a little help from Superman.
Source: American Jewish Historical Society.
The ORIGINAL SUPERMAN SYMBOL (Upside down)
A PYRAMID WITH A SERPENT INSIDE. You can’t get anymore Illuminati than that.
Symbolism is everything to these people. So let’s look at the Symbolism of Superman.
Superman is an Alien born of Alien parents. (This is exactly who some Jews think they are) Aliens born of Alien parents!
They think “they” are “Super” I.E. above the rest of us.
X-Ray vision means “they” see the “Inside” of things. “They” see and know things we don’t.
They “Hide” among us in ‘plain sight’
This is all a “Fantasy”, brainwashed into them from an early age, like some people thinking they are better than others because of the color, or lack thereof, of their skin.
The truth is, they hide information and use deception to put themselves above us. What they really are is “Super Deceptive”, or “Super Liars”. That doesn’t make them Supermen, just Super Dishonest!
Superman (real name Kal-EL) was sent to Earth by his father Jor-EL. He covertly kept the secret of his powers to himself. (EL is a god or spiritual ruler in some ancient scriptures)
IS = ISIS
RA = Amon Ra
EL = Saturn or Sun God
Together they spell IS-RA-EL, who came from Egypt, land of the Pyramids.
Are we starting to see the ‘Big Picture’ yet. Nothing is as it seems.
Since the 1930′s, DC comics were oozing with American patriotism in the Cold War era, where it was vital to rally young minds to the American cause.
Well, the times have changed and the elite’s agenda too.
Today, it is about the elimination of national boundaries and a world government. It is about a New World Order.
Despite being an alien, Superman has long been seen as a symbol of “truth, justice, and the American way”. But in the latest issue of Action Comics which hit newsstands on April 27, 2011, Superman intends to renounce his U.S. citizenship in a speech before the United Nations.
The symbolic implications of this gesture truly define at the direction where the “Agenda” is heading.
Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in ‘Action Comics’ #900
After recently undertaking a journey to walk — not fly — across the United States in the “Grounded” storyline and reconnect with the country and everyday Americans, Superman appears to be taking another step that could have major implications for his national identity: in Action Comics #900…
…Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of “truth, justice, and the American way,” from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume.
What it means to stand for the “American way” is an increasingly complicated thing, however, both in the real world and in superhero comics, whose storylines have increasingly seemed to mirror current events and deal with moral and political complexities rather than simple black and white morality.
The key scene takes place in “The Incident,” a short story in Action Comics #900 written by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepulveda. In it, Superman consults with the President’s national security advisor, who is incensed that Superman appeared in Tehran to non-violently support the protesters demonstrating against the Iranian regime, no doubt an analogue for the recent real-life protests in the Middle East.
However, since Superman is viewed as an American icon in the DC Universe as well as our own, the Iranian government has construed his actions as the will of the American President, and indeed, an act of war.
Superman replies that it was foolish to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government, and that he therefore plans to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations the next day — and to continue working as a superhero from a more global than national perspective.
From a “realistic” standpoint it makes sense; it would indeed be impossible for a nigh-omnipotent being ideologically aligned with America to intercede against injustice beyond American borders without creating enormous political fallout for the U.S. government.
While this wouldn’t be this first time a profoundly American comic book icon disassociated himself from his national identity — remember when Captain America became Nomad? — this could be a very significant turning point for Superman if its implications carry over into other storylines. Indeed, simply saying that “truth, justice and the American way [is] not enough anymore” is a pretty startling statement from the one man who has always represented those values the most. It doesn’t seem that he’s abandoning those values, however, only trying to implement them on a larger scale and divorce himself from the political complexities of nationalism.
Superman also says that he believes he has been thinking “too small,” that the world is “too connected” for him to limit himself with a purely national identity. As an alien born on another planet, after all, he “can’t help but see the bigger picture.” Do you think the shift to a more global role makes sense for Superman? If he really is going to renounce his U.S. citizenship in order to function as a more international figure, how do you think it will affect the character?
Postscript: The new reboot is basically a re-telling of the original 1979 Superman film that starred Christopher Reeve. The newest film entitled “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill of HBO’s The Tudors. Recently, he starred in the film “The Cold Light of Day,” and played Theseus in last year’s film “Immortals.” Below is one of the few released stills of Cavill as Superman.