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It’s a bird, a plane — it’s Superman’s citizenship!

Superman renounces US citizenship in Action Comics issue 900.

Photo: Reuters

Superman the ultimate American? Perhaps not any more.

The superhero is embroiled in battle with prominent Republicans and others furious at his decision in a new issue of Action Comics to renounce his US citizenship.

The red-caped avenger, long mythologized as the embodiment of American strength and values, shocks readers in the comic’s 900th issue by telling a White House official that he’s changing allegiance.

“Which is why I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my US citizenship,” he says. “’Truth, justice and the American way’ — it’s not enough anymore.”

The super spat — sparked in the comic by Superman’s disillusionment at reactions to his support for democracy protesters in Iran — has spilled far beyond the pages and speech bubbles.

Republican potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee weighed in, saying Superman’s threat is no laughing matter.

“It is a comic book, but you know it’s disturbing that Superman who has always been an American icon is now saying, ‘I’m not going to be an American citizen,’” Huckabee said in a Fox News television interview, adding that “It’s part of a bigger trend of Americans almost apologizing for being Americans.”

“Superman now says he renounces his citizenship of America and is only a citizen of the World. This is very socialistic of Superman wanting a socialistic world with people like Obama at the helm of this movement,” thundered the blog.

Publishers DC Comics say readers shouldn’t get their blue tights in a twist.

“As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way. In a short story in Action Comics issue 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,” a statement declares.


1. embroil v.

使捲入 (shi2 juan3 ru4)

例: The candidate is now embroiled in the debate over the issue of raising taxes.


2. disillusionment n.

幻想破滅 (huan4 xiang3 po4 mie4)

例: The disillusionment voters felt upon learning that their politicians are unnecessary was profound.


3. embody v.

體現 (ti3 xian4)

例: The ceremony embodied all of the pomp and pageantry of a royal wedding.


Superman’s identity has always been mixed. His civilian alter ego is the mild-mannered newspaper reporter Clark Kent. But Superman himself is an adopted immigrant to Kansas from planet Krypton.














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