Superman - All American Essay

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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…show more content…
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 time. Instead of beating him to death with his vastly superior powers he uses what Uncle Sam is mad at him for and uses it against the conflict. Superman still refers to Uncle Sam as sir. After the conflict is resolved in a discussion they go off to talk more about important things that makes them want to be superheroes. Superman said “When I heard you speak – the words you chose. The phrases. ‘Alien Codes of noninterference.’ That wasn’t you. Worse, that’s not American.” (Loeb, 17). This is something Uncle Sam called him during the battle, and then they discussed how the strength of America comes from all cultures, even aliens. Then they talked about how by being a superhero one is obligated to do the right thing, no matter how difficult it may seem to be sometimes. In an older issue Superman: Truth Justice and the American Way!, 53,March 1991, he is faced with a conflict more so with the United States military. The plot starts off how he has to transport a corrupt president of Quarac
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