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Blue Beetle

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Johnny Sarcastic

Subj: Re: All Star Superman #8...brillaint insight on Superman... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 08:31:50 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: All Star Superman #8...brillaint insight on Superman... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 at 09:18:20 pm EST

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> He may be the son of a farmer, but he is also the son of a scientist. His main struggle is trying to live up to his father, Jor-el...a father he only knows through the debris of his culture or through recollections from other devises (like journals) and other people (like possibly lar gand). His whole devotion to Krypton is so he can become closer to his father and mother that he never knew. You can even see his struggles against villains (like Lex Luthor...the most brillaint scientist on Earth like Jor-el was the most brilliant scientist on Krypton) as Superman trying to both identify and defeat the image of his father.

I never took any of that away from Superman stories, really. He's always been more human than Kryptonian to me (except for maybe the movies). His advice is always, always, ALWAYS human based. Practically every issue we see him talking to Lois, or pa, or Bruce. He doesn't really spend a lot of time science-ing it up.

I always percieved his interest in Krypton sort of similar as your intrest in your dead great-grandparents - you want to know where you're from, but it doesn't HAVE to influence where you're going.

> I never took any of that away from Superman stories, really. He's always been more human than Kryptonian to me (except for maybe the movies). His advice is always, always, ALWAYS human based. Practically every issue we see him talking to Lois, or pa, or Bruce. He doesn't really spend a lot of time science-ing it up.
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> I always percieved his interest in Krypton sort of similar as your intrest in your dead great-grandparents - you want to know where you're from, but it doesn't HAVE to influence where you're going.


I agree. I think the crucial aspect of Clark's psyche is the fact that he was raised by loving, stable, wise parents. If instead he had been raised in an orphanage, his outlook might have been different. He might have grasped at his Kryptonian heritage as a way to have a sense of identity.

I will say this also, however. I think if some villian had seriously threatened or actually harmed Kara or Chris, even before Clark had gotten to know either one to any depth, that villain might possibly have died at Clark's hand.




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