You probably know about the DC Comics relaunch. I picked up the new Action Comics #1 and really, really liked it. Supes looks like Woody Guthrie. He can’t fly (yet?) and is a wrecking ball for social justice. He trifles with authorities and struggles to pay rent. A hero for our times if there was one.
Commentators have been talking about this as a return to Superman’s activist origins. Indeed, a read through the original Action Comics #1 from 1938 reveals a bold American character, an immigrant, “champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who has sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need!”
I love this guy. Read the original Action #1 here, and cheer with me as Supes dispatches the governor’s butler in a last-minute attempt to save an innocent woman from state execution. Like I said, a hero for our time if there was one.
6 thoughts on “The Superheroics of Social Justice or “Action Comics #1: Awesome Then, Awesome Now.””
Noooo, the link to the comic isn’t working! I want to read about a Superman who cares about schmucks like me. :(
Loving the enduring relevancy of Superman. He should run for President! Tights in 2012 :)