- Posted June 6, 2013 by
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Up, Up, and Away!
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Jonathan Kent to Clark Kent, Superman (1978)
Superman is one of my favorite comic book characters, and I've been a fan since I was kid in the 1980's. Some of my favorite Superman stories are The Death and Life of Superman, Birthright, Earth One, and Superman's team-ups with Batman in World's Finest. Comics give you a closer inside look at Superman's thought process and emotions.
“We're all confronted with trials, son, but the true measure of
a man is how he chooses to react in the face of those trials.”
– Jonathan to Clark, Smallville episode “Lazarus”
Superman is called “God Among Men”, but after reading a Superman comic you realize he is just like the rest of us with his own flaws and insecurities. Superman's emotional invulnerabilities and moral ethic code is what really drew me to this character. Some people say Superman isn't exactly cool because of his moral ethic code, but to me his moral ethic code is what makes him cool. It's not his ability to run faster than a speeding bullet, heat vision, strength, or flying that makes him cool. Superman's morals and ethics are awe inspiring because this is a character that goes up against so much negativity. There are moments where antagonists try to convince Superman that his morals and ethics are irrelevant in today's society. However, Superman always shows why his morals and ethics should never be irrelevant. To show just how important it is to do the right thing. Not out of obligation, but because of the compassion and integrity for others.
“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son.”
Jor-El to Kal-El, Superman (1978)
I have so many great memories when I think of this character whether in a comic book, tv show, or movie. I know some might criticize the 1978 Superman movie, but it is still hands down one of the best comic book movies ever made. Christopher Reeve was Superman not only onscreen, but also offscreen as well. Reeve had so much warmth and respect for this character, and he played all of the personas perfectly. Anytime the movie is on I have to watch it. The same can be said for the tv show Smallville. Some of my greatest Superman memories come from watching that show each week. I feel Smallville did a terrific job at showing who Clark Kent is emotionally and mentally. It was like reading a comic book every week from Clark's first flight to forming the Justice League. You also get to see the great bond within the Kent family. The show had some of the best cast around that helped bring these great Superman stories to life. I can truly could go on and on about my favorite Superman memories.
I've have watched and read nearly everything Superman since I was kid. I have collected action figures, trading cards, comic books, DVDs, t-shirts, and posters. No matter if it is in animation or live action I will continue to watch him soar amongst the clouds. In fact, I even have opening night tickets already paid for to see Man of Steel on June 13th . Superman is the iconic hero because he thrives to do the right thing, compassion for others, and believes the good in people not the bad. These are things that should never be irrelevant in our society, and that's why Superman will always be an iconic character....up...UP and AWAY!!