Superman, All-American Hero
Gary Engle describes Superman as the ultimate American, “Superman is the greatest American hero” (Engle, 677). After reading three comic books I notice an occurring theme of wanting to protect what is good, even though the comic books chosen span over eleven years. Several distinct things to Superman’s personality are his cape, the respect he has for others, the respect others have for him, his intelligence, his protection of all life and what is right, his origin, and the sacrifices he makes. Superman is considered to be the greatest American hero of all time.
The Superman epic has gone on for years and years; yet the story line has always remained the same:
The core of American myth is Superman consists of a few basic facts that remain unchanged throughout the infinitely varied ways in which the myth is told – facts with which everyone is familiar, however marginal their knowledge of the story. Superman is an orphan rocketed to Earth when his native planet Krypton explodes; he lands near Smallville and is adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who inculcate in him their American middle-class ethic; as an adult he migrates to Metropolis there he defends America – no, the world! no, the universe – from all evil and harm while playing a romantic game in which, as Clark Kent, he hopelessly pursues Superman, who remains aloof until such time as Lois proves worthy of him by falling in live with his feigned identity as a weakling. That’s it. (Engle, 678).
This is the same in any tale of Superman, the same occurring theme. This adds character to Superman, and explains why he is so all-American.
Firstly, Superman is an alien, to the United States and to the world. But is he really that different from you and me? We are all descended from people who were immigrants to America. Engle writes: “All Americans have immediate sense of their origins elsewhere” (Engle, 678). So doesn’t it make sense that everyone that fights or works for our natural freedoms are aliens, the soldiers, the doctors, the teachers, and Superman himself? “Like the peoples of the nation whose values he defends, Superman is an alien” (Engle, 678). Like all aliens the reason for coming to this country is to make something better of ones self. Where one may run any kind of business they please and not worry about someone else intervening because they simply can. Superman fights for these inalienable rights to live and prosper.
Superman is a very respected and respectful person. He is the calmest person there is, even in the most extreme conditions. One example is in comic book Superman: Superman and the Spirit of America, 178, March 2002. Superman is confronted by another superhero named Uncle Sam. Superman is in Smallville for the opening of his adopted parent’s new business. As he is about to leave another superhero hits him in the face because of corrupted thoughts put into his mind by Superman’s enemy Lex Luthor, who also happens to be president at the...