Superman loves America – again

He still may – or may not – renounce his American citizenship. But Superman apparently still loves the USA, as in the latest strip “Superman #711.”

Bleeding Cool website reports:

And to quote; “That’s what America is about, really. That’s the American way. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and second chances. None of us are forced to be anything we don’t want to be. When I was young I knew that I would be someone different when I grew up. I would leave home and make a new life for myself. A new start, a second chance. When I first went to Metropolis, it was full of people who’d done the same thing. People from all over America – from over the world – who went to the city to live the lives they wanted – to be the people they wanted to be. That’s the idea that America was founded on, but it’s not just for the people born here, it’s for everyone. And it’s for people like me and Livewire too.” – Superman.

As to whether or not he still has US citizenship, that’s a story for another day.

Indeed, the reaction to the leaked news that Superman would go to the UN and renounce his American citizenship was so overwhelming that it is an open question whether DC Comics will go with the strip in question. Overseas, it seems that the rest of the world doesn’t mind while in America, the outcry against the move is loud and emotional.

Superman Could Have Change of Heart About Renouncing Citizenship

This morning, we are hearing that DC Comics is seriously considering a major change in their plans for ‘Superman’ issue #900.

The Man of Steel may NOT be renouncing his American citizenship after all.

Last week we reported that DC Comics upcoming issue, Superman #900, was going to feature the Man of Steel renouncing his American citizenship.

That story sparked reactions, both positive and negative, all across America. It is fair to say that the overwhelming sentiment was against Superman losing his faith in America.

Read more here.

Does Superman hate the U.S. as much as the left?

It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s the new Superman: dark and brooding with glowering – and eerily glowing – eyes.

A brand new 130-page graphic novel, released Wednesday to comic book shops by DC Comics, turns the famous Man of Steel comic book character into a darker, more menacing, angrier and more self-conscious “superhero” than any previous incarnation of Superman.

“What would happen if the origin of The Man of Tomorrow were introduced today for the very first time? Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s favorite adopted son as he grows from boy to Superman like you’ve never seen before,” said promotional material from DC Comics describing the book.

Gone is the Superman of yesteryear and “Truth, Justice and the American Way” – the motto for the seventy-plus-year-old franchise. This Superman has been “re-envisioned” as a scowling, 20-year-old alienated youth, dressed in a hoodie sweatshirt, with eyes ablaze.

The new dark artwork represents a conscious change, according to DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio.

New Superman

“(W)e needed to make him hip, moody and sexy in order to really appeal to who are really wanting to read novels with our characters,” DiDio told the Associated Press.

The story, which was written by noted sci-fi writer J. Michael Straczynski, still finds the young Clark Kent, newly graduated from Smallville Junior College, going to Metropolis, still going to work for the Daily Planet, and still fighting villains, but this Kent focuses more on asking existential questions like –“Where do I come from? What am I doing here? Who am I? What am I?”

Read more here.

It’s time for mayor to work with Salisbury’s rental owners, for the city’s sake

A letter to the editor: The Daily Times

E: “Slum of Week tensions mount,” May 26

It’s past time for Mayor Jim Ireton to end the “Slum Property” nonsense and find a more effective way to deal with code compliance for rental properties in Salisbury.

Besides presenting a less-than-desirable image to visitors (potential residents and/or business relocations?) on the city’s website, there is no indication using a bludgeon rather than a “carrot and stick” approach is remotely effective.

I suggest Ireton make an overture to Salisbury Property Owners Association, asking to reinstate a program that was in place a few years ago: The city administration would notify SAPOA leadership of problems with specific properties. A committee of SAPOA members would approach the owner(s) of the subject property and attempt to get the problem resolved for the good of the city and the rental community.

More often than not, the problem was taken care of quickly and efficiently. Peer pressure can be a powerful incentive. It may not have created the level of drama some seem to desire, but it was effective. It also retains the bludgeon approach as an option for cases that were unsuccessful.

At the recent City Council meeting, we saw representatives of property owners practically begging for a cooperative effort at equitable code enforcement. The administration needs to reach out to those who are willing and able to help. They may be amazed at what a bit of quiet diplomacy can accomplish.

Full disclosure: I have no financial interest in rentals. I do not now nor have I ever owned any property other than the one occupied by me and my family.

Bob Caldwell