Friday, April 29, 2011
• David S. Goyer’s story for the recently released Action Comics #900, in which Superman is chided for interfering in affairs of American foreign policy, has stirred up debate on such news outlets as Fox News. In the story, The Man of Steel announces that he’s a citizen of the universe.
This isn’t the first time The Man of Steel’s American citizenship or lack thereof has been brought into question. In Action Comics Annual #3 (1991), an Elseworlds tale where the Superman of a potential future Earth became President of the United States, the Supreme Court of that Earth ruled that because he was “born” from a Kryptonian artificial womb when he arrived in Kansas, he was a “natural-born citizen.”
On The Straight Dope message boards, where the topic was debated in 2006, poster Northern Piper wrote, “under Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter III, Part I, § 1401 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode08/usc_sec_08_00001401—-000-.html):§ 1401. Nationals and citizens of United States at birth
“The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
“(f) a person of unknown parentage found in the United States while under the age of five years, until shown, prior to his attaining the age of twenty-one years, not to have been born in the United States;
“I’m not sure what that phrase ‘until shown, prior to his attaining the age of twenty-one years’ means, but it presumably means more than just common gossip about someone’s extraterrestrial origins, which, let’s face it, is a rather improbable hypothesis. I would have thought that to deprive someone of citizenship under this section, it would mean ‘shown in a court of law.’ If the INS (or whatever it was called at the relevant time) didn’t take any steps to prove Supes’ extra-terrestrial birth prior to him turning 21, then’s he’s a natural born US citizen, and can run for President.” (Brent Frankenhoff)
• It’s Arbor Day! Even if you planted a tree on Earth Day last week, consider planting another this week. (Brent Frankenhoff)
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
Calvin’s first lines in comics were, “So long, Pop! I’m off to check my tiger trap!” He said them in Calvin and Hobbes’ first strip, Nov. 18, 1985.
Whose first lines in comics were “The Frenchman was a gallant opponent! He is saluting me through the smoke that is his shroud!”?
Michael Davis (1958), comics artist, Milestone Media co-founder
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Marv Wolfman (1946), comics writer and editor
Andrew Pepoy (1969), comics artist
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April 29-May 1 California: Anaheim. Comic Con.
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April 30 Delaware: Bethany Beach. Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show.
April 30 Kansas: Kansas City-Overland Park. Comics convention.
April 30 New York: Ithaca. Ithacon.
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April 30-May 1 Pennsylvania: Reading. Super Show.
April 30-May 1 South Carolina: Columbia. Fandomfest Columbia.
May 1 Connecticut: New Haven. New Haven Comic and Collectibles Spectacular.
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Question of the Week
If you had only $25 to spend on comics this week (whether that’s more or less than you usually spend), what would you buy?
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• Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast airs today from National Public Radio’s “Monkey See” blog.
• Cartoon Network has several new shows on tonight. At 6:30 p.m. E.T. Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Season 3, Episode 6 “Night of the Batmen.” At 7:30 p.m. E.T. Peter David’s episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien airs. “Prisoner #775 is Missing” is Season 2, Episode 12. And, at 10 p.m. E.T. American Dad’s new episode is Season 7, Episode 15, “License to Till.”
This is the 60th installment of Today’s Comics Guide.