Superman renounces his American citizenship

Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 17:28

London: Superman, one of the most iconic
fictional characters, has created a furore by renouncing his
US citizenship in a latest issue of the comic book.

The superhero known as a champion of truth, justice and
the American way renounced his US citizenship in the Action
Comics` record 900th issue this week, the Daily Mail reported.

Superman makes the move after being caught in the middle
of a diplomatic row between the US and Iran.

The storyline has enraged some fans who claim it is a
slight on the US.

"Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism,
and respect for our country, Superman`s current creators are
belittling the United States as a whole," Hollywood publicist
and Republican activist Angie Meyer was quoted as saying.

"By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie
metaphor for the current economic and power status the country
holds worldwide," she added.

In the story, Superman is criticised for making an
appearance in Iran to support the country`s rebel protests. It
follows the comic book trend of mirroring real life events.

But it is still a radical departure for the character
first created in 1938 by Jerry Stiegel and Joe Shuster, Daily
Mail said.

"Truth, justice and the American way - it`s not enough
anymore," Superman tells the president`s National Security
Advisor in the new issue.

"I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow
and inform them that I am renouncing my US citizenship. I`m
tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US
policy," he adds, explaining that he wants to help wherever
and whenever he`s needed.

DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio insisted
the superhero is not turning his back on America.

"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," they said in a
statement.

"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," the statement added.

He is not the only comic book character to be influenced
by politics. Captain America briefly hung up his boots as he
was frustrated with the level of corruption before making a
comeback.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 17:28

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