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December 9, 2004 Meeting

Superman: Red Son
by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson, & Walden Wong

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Superman's been called "as American as apple pie."

And why not?  In his never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American Way, Superman symbolizes freedom, independence, self-reliance, and opposition to tyranny distinctly American values.  Sure, he represents some other, more universal virtues which is why he's only "as American as apple pie," not "as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July"   but at his core, Superman is almost synonymous with America.  He's the ultimate immigrant, an alien from another world who uses his superhuman powers for the greater good.  And as Clark Kent, he struggles and competes on a level playing field with ordinary journalists like Lois Lane.  (Talk about equality of opportunity!)

In the 1980s, DC tried to make the Man of Steel more cosmopolitan by removing that vague bit about "the American Way" from his tagline.  Similarly, the Justice League of America became merely "the Justice League."  Neither change lasted long, and Superman was routinely waving the Star-Spangled Banner on comic book covers by the mid-' 90s, his status as a national treasure reaffirmed.

But what if Superman hadn't been an American icon?  What if this strange visitor from another planet had immigrated to a different shore and been raised with a different set of core values?  He would still be able to change the course of mighty rivers, and he would still use his amazing powers to serve the greater good.  But this Superman might fight for truth, justice and the communist way.

This is the starting point of Mark Millar's excellent mini-series Superman: Red Son our Comic of the Month for December.  In it, Millar cleverly subverts the iconography of Superman to an entirely different view of the world.  By doing so, he draws fascinating parallels between the Cold War-era Soviet Union and America on the cusp of the 21st Century and sheds new light on the character of Superman.

Join us in the H&D Game Room at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 9 to discuss the Soviet Superman and lots more!  If you've never attended a Comic Club meeting, this is a great chance to visit with us and learn what we're all about.  Find out why the HDCC is Columbia's Best Kept Secret for comics fans!


Superman: Red Son is available at Heroes and Dragons for $17.95.  Comic Club members pay only $14.36 when they show their membership cards at check-out!

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Previous Comics of the Month:

December 2004  | Superman: Red Son
November 2004  | X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
October 2004  | The Sentry
September 2004  | League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume II
August 2004  | The Complete Peanuts, Volume One: 1950-1952
July 2004  | The Filth
June 2004  | Marvels
May 2004  | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
April 2004  | Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
Hellboy: The Corpse
March 2004  | Superman Past and Present:
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

Man of Steel
February 2004  | Torso
January 2004  | Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place
December 2003  | Kingdom Come

November 2003  |

Batman: Arkham Asylum
October 2003  | Vault of Horror, Volumes 1 and 2
September 2003  | Blankets
August 2003  | Sin City, Volume 1
July 2003  | Astro City: Life in the Big City
June 2003  | The Golden Age
May 2003  | League of Extraordinary Gentlemen