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75 Years of Truth, Justice, and the American Way

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Here's to at least 75 more

 

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I've always loved the character.

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Superman is a liberal. Right on to Truth, Justice, and the American Way :)

 

Funny enough, he's one of your favorite superheroes. Batman is mine, and he's a conservative. There's a book there somehow :)

 

Superman is a liberal, and Batman is a conservative.

 

As noted in Glen Weldon's superb new book "Superman: The Unauthorized Biography," the Man of Steel has deep roots in FDR's New Deal era. Just start with a comparison of the two heroes' professions: Superman's alter-ego, Clark Kent, is a member of the dreaded liberal mainstream media, and his father, Jor-El, was one of Krypton's most noted academics and scientists. Bruce Wayne is a Scarlet Pimpernel-esque billionaire playboy whose father made his money in the real estate market before the economy collapsed (sound familiar?) and whose company, Wayne Enterprises, manufactures military weapons. Superman hangs out with reporters; Batman's best buddy is a cop.

 

Even in 1938, Superman was taking on causes liberals would still be fighting for in 2013. In one of his first showdowns, Superman battles a crooked gun manufacturer named Norvell who has hired a sleazy lobbyist to create new markets for the company's munitions. Later, Superman exposes substandard prison conditions, busts a crooked brokerage firm for selling shares in a nonexistent oil well and threatens building companies for using cheap construction materials. If he didn't have X-ray vision, he might be running an organic food co-op in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

The early years demonstrate Superman's faith in both government and human redemption. After rounding up a group of delinquents, he blames their criminal activities on poor living conditions. "So the government rebuilds destroyed areas with modern cheap-rental apartments, eh?" he says before tearing down the slums with his hands. Later, they are replaced with "splendid housing conditions."

 

Sometimes, Superman gets directly involved in Democratic politics - in the early 1960s, he befriends President John F. Kennedy and trusts him enough to divulge his real identity. Kennedy goes so far as to disguise himself as Clark Kent to fool Lois Lane while Superman rushes off on a mission. (In 1986, Superman meets Ronald Reagan, but the storyline makes Reagan seem like a buffoon.)

 

Batman, on the other hand, is less of a believer in the inherent good of man. In the early Bob Kane comics, Batman was cruel, often mutilating his opponents before killing them.

 

And Batman's opponents are illustrative, too. Ra's al-Ghul is an environmentalist who wants to destroy humanity and its inherent decadence. By fighting him, Batman is essentially defending wealth and free markets. Other notable Batman foes include a who's who of lefty bad guys, including another tree hugger (Poison Ivy), a college professor (the Scarecrow) and an occupier with a respiratory problem (Bane).

 

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/what-comics-can-tell-us-about-politics-ha9s2oq-206499211.html

 

 

 

By the way, The Flash is a Tea Party supporter... Go figure.

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Historically the most politically "liberal" of them is Green Arrow. Superman is less political than willing to conform to the rules set by the authorities. Batman is less conservative but a vigilante that just doesn't give a s*** what anyone thinks. Then there's The Question, who along with Mr. A were the characters Rorschach was based on. A real fringe libertarian & piece of work.

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Batman isn't a liberal, conservative or whatever.

 

He's the Goddamn Batman. That's all he is.

 

:shiftyninja:

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By the way, The Flash is a Tea Party supporter... Go figure.

 

No wonder he's my favorite character. :D

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No wonder he's my favorite character. :D

 

Captain Ironic :)

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Batman isn't a liberal, conservative or whatever.

 

He's the Goddamn Batman. That's all he is.

 

:shiftyninja:

 

Ya, sociologists and psychologists are all just dumb :) (/s)

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Yes, most are. Maybe a tea cups worth of common sense in the lot. You should hear what neurologists and neurosurgeons say behind their backs.

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