Monday, July 4, 2011
WE RENOUNCE SUPERMAN
Today is July 4th, the celebration of the founding of our country and to honor the men and women who served in our military.
I recently attended a service honoring our veterans. Many had seen of them had seen action, faced death and watched their friends be killed. It's always sobering to reflect on our soldiers and what they've endured, only to come home to their fellow apathetic countrymen, who take those same liberties for granted that the soldiers have been fighting and dying for.
So what's that got to do with comics and DSTG!?
While most of America acknowledges the sacrifices made to keep our country free, there are those who refuse to take part, shielded by the politically correct that splits us into fractions instead of simply being labeled an "American." I'm not sure when it became wrong to completely love our own country and embrace the ideals and principals that go along with it, but sometime ago we got lost in our collective sense of self-importance and forgot that in America "all men are created equal."
We are not African-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans or Asian-Americans. If we are American born or become a naturalized citizen, we are Americans. Period. It's fine to embrace one's heritage but not at the sacrifice of knowing who we are and the responsibilities that go with that citizenship and only serves to further split us up in camps of racial identity.
Lately, in a pathetic attempt to increase sales, DC Comics had Superman renounce his American citizenship in Action Comics #900. It was bad enough that Hollywood did it in the completely forgettable Superman Returns by omitting "the American way" as the one of the truths for which Superman stands for, but now DC Comics, the same company that exploited Superman as a fighter for American ideals during World War II, wants to create controversy in order to move a few more books.
I talked to my fellow comic-collecting friends, all DC readers, and asked what they thought of this nonsense. My hardcore conservative friend, Jeff Dennis, said he thought of renouncing Superman all together. And that is exactly what we're going to do.
No longer will DSTG! feature any news, stories, artwork or plugs for Superman. We will not feature any further news or developments about Zack Snyder's upcoming Man of Steel movie nor will we promote any of the past Superman comic books.
We realize we are a speck of sand in the beach that is the internet and our stand won't affect Superman's sales or box office. But that's not the point. We ask you to join us and renounce Superman, quit buying his books and tickets for his movies. Say no to the gimmicks and hyperbole and stop putting money in the pockets of those that would have Superman no longer love America. Send a message that we want our Superman back. We want Superman to stand for truth, justice and the American way. Heck, after DC Comics pulls this reboot stunt in September, you might want to renounce the publisher themselves.
So, on this 4th of July, we ask you to stand up with us against the politically correct Superman to salute America and honor the real superheroes among us.