In a curious turn of events . . . Superman has provoked right-wing reaction by threatening to renounce his US citizenship. In the latest issue of Action Comics, which went on sale on April 27, the Man of Steel decides he will renounce his citizenship before the United Nations.
“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy. The world’s too small. Too connected.”
Although Superman never actually renounces his US citizenship in the story, and actually was granted citizenship of every member country of the United Nations in a story published in 1974, some conservative commentators reacted, as per usual, with disgust.
Superman, who was first introduced in 1938, has a long association with the United States, although Joe Shuster, the artist who helped create the character with writer Jerry Siegel, was born in Canada. DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio appeared to downplay their character’s declaration in a joint 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.”
And speaking of people serving their country, this month includes V-O Day (victory over Osama bin Laden May 2), V-E Day (May 8th), Florence Nightingale’s Birthday (May 12) Armed Forces Day (May 21) Memorial Day (May 31), but it all kicks off with Military Spouse Day (this year on May 6). So . . . thank you all you folks in the military, and especially today, you spouses!
Obviously not every military person is going to get 3 billion people watching them be thanked by their spouse for being so darned wonderful . . . but maybe they all should!
Military Spouse Day was first celebrated in 1984 when then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the observance to honor the contributions of military spouses. The military now sets aside the Friday before Mother’s Day each year to pay tribute to the spouses who play a vital role in the nation’s defenses!