"Truth, justice and the American way"...the traditional slogan of Superman, who burst on the scene in the 1930's, with America in the grip of the Great Depression. In the darkness, Superman and Shirley Temple did more to lift the human spirit in those dread times than any New Deal. Superman came from Krypton, tempest-tossed upon Earth when his world was destroyed, but one thing everyone knew: Superman was an American...hell, he was America. Growing up, listening to the radio and later watching television, I learned the phrase "Truth, justice and the American way" so completely it became a part of my DNA. How then to process the following...?
According to Scott Thill at DC Comics: "It’s a sobering moment, as obvious as it is revolutionary. Superman’s conscientious creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who dreamed up Superman for Action Comics' 1938 debut, positioned their deathless hero as an American heartland warrior battling tyranny and evil. But Superman has always been bigger than the United States...In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth — which in turn is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse. The genius of Superman is that he belongs to everyone, for the dual purposes of peace and protection. He’s above ephemeral geopolitics and nationalist concerns, a universal agent unlike any other found in pop culture."
"He's very American. From the creation of our country, the US has had a healthy tradition of looking to men who embody the nation, people like Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. These figures have personified all that's good and patriotic about America. Of course, Superman is fiction, but those men have been fictionalized, too."
--Brad Ricca, lecturer at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio
"Truth, justice and the American way"...unchanging, immutable, as constant as the polar star...and that's the view from right here on the left coast...where truth, justice and the American way is sacrosanct.