Hi friends, The world is spinning in crazy directions and this weekend it almost fell off it’s axis, HAAA!   At home, my daughters had their last high school rodeo and are getting ready to go to college.  It was a very happy and sad day all at the same time, and the girls left the district 9 team with Olivia going to the state finals in three events and Alicia getting some very high titles on her new horse that all of you here on the blog helped her to get.  The girls will be going to Wyoming to go school, and the college has a rodeo team that they are so excited to be a part of.  I am working again and am so glad to be on “OZ” and then the new “Star Trek” in June.  My wife Tara’s 2011 year of teaching is almost over and her long awaited summer vacation is almost here. Fun times ahead, and we look forward to our last summer of all the girls being home before they move off to adulthood.

In the world, big news on Obama’s birth certificate coming out which has raised some eyebrows about it’s authenticity, included is a link that adobe illustrators will find interesting.  It appears that the certificate downloaded off the US government website in Illustrator reveals it is in multiple layers and it comes off as being highly doctored. Very bizarre the scandal and controversy around this topic, and it really makes you wonder if any government party is trustworthy.  Osama Bin Ladin is finally taken down and the world celebrates the end of a dark chapter in American history.  And finally Superman denounces his US citizenship.

I saw this and said HE WHAT?!!!!!  There are many theories behind this one and probably many are the reason.  For one, all the comic companies have joined on with a major studio.  DC and Warner Bros are a team, and Marvel and Disney are together.  Since these big mergers have taken place, a shift in the comics’ directions has been evident and both revolve around politics and money… The studios are very, VERY democratic from a political stand point, and you can see this in a variety of ways.  Captain America see’s the Tea Party movement and it’s people as the bad guys, Spiderman was for Barak Obama in the elections, and now Superman can no longer be an American hero, he has to be a global hero.  All of these interesting points are based on a left sided point of view and another major point is the cash flow… Superman’s wallet is fairly empty when your talking international revenue so from a marketing POV,  if he is a world wide hero, the dollars will flow better… Lots to ponder with all of these headlines.

From my point of view, I think it’s a better choice to leave the politics out which only causes a big divide culturally and makes the characters sellable to a one sided market.  Instead go back to the fantasy and high adventure that their creators had intended for them.  Usually when personal politics get involved with something I love, I quickly loose all interest.  Current events have always been a way to reflect the times in Television shows and films, but done in a broad overview is far more interesting than a  political point of view being shoved down your throat.  And so ends my heavy post for the day.  Looking forward to all the feedback on this stuff!!!  OK have a good Tuesday everyone and for tomorrow’s post, Then Enterprise E shuttle bay.  Stay tuned.

32 Responses to “Superwho”

  1. May 3, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Well if Superman denounces his American citizenship he can always renew his Canadian one and come back to where Metropolis was based on, Toronto, Ontario Canada and work for The Daily Star that still exists today from the 1st issue of Superman. I am happy to see you back here John we sure did miss you and your still the best.

  2. 3 evil_genius_180
    May 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Superman was never an American citizen because “Superman” is just an identity he thought up to protect his family and other loved ones from reprisals from villains due to his super deeds and to have a way to “unwind” after a day of being a super hero. Now, if Clark Kent denounces his US citizenship, then we stop the presses. 😉 (though, technically, even that’s not his real name, though it is what’s on his birth certificate)

    As for Obama, who knows? I agree with your question: can we trust any politicians? I honestly wonder at times. They all lie through their teeth and tell people what they want to hear in order to get elected. At least one thing is certain: Obama lived up to one of his campaign promises, they go Osama Bin Laden.

    It’s good to hear you’re working again. I’m looking forward to the next Star Trek and it’s great that they’re including you again. You design some of the coolest stuff, IMO. 😀

    • 4 johneaves
      May 3, 2011 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Evil G for the witty and insightful comments, I so concur.

    • May 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      I have always thought of Superman as a global hero and not for just one part of it myself

      • 6 evil_genius_180
        May 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

        Yeah, he is a global hero, which was touched on in the funeral issue back in the ’90s, when he “died.” They had people all over the world remembering how he had helped them out. Really, that’s one of the beauties of the dual identities, he can be Clark Kent, Kansas farm boy and American journalist while, at the same time, he can be Superman, a global hero. Really, this idiotic sounding storyline of him “denouncing” his American citizenship is nothing more than Warner Bros. trying to make more money with a new hook. It makes no sense at all, but it will probably sell comics.

  3. 7 DeanneM
    May 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I find the attempt to market Superman globally to make sense, maybe, to a company just trying to make dollars, but personally I find it repulsive. In my book, Superman still stands for 20th centurty American values, as the author of this tribute ( http://www.supermanhomepage.com/comics/comics.php?topic=articles/josh-grayson1 ) reminds us:

    “Thank you Superman for the wonderful adventures, important lessons, and for— ‘The never ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.'”

    I have always thought that the birth doc seems fake, but have believed that nothing will be done about it until after his administration. Eventually I’m sure the truth will be verified, but until then, I must accept what is, and that is that Barack Obama is the POTUS and pray accordingly.

    • 8 DeanneM
      May 3, 2011 at 10:00 am

      sorry, for some reason I can’t unbold that paragraph, even with the unbold tag at the end of the previous quote.

    • 9 johneaves
      May 3, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I think their going to rename him U.N.MAN !!!!!
      Hard to make a new logo though because Underdog already has the Patent for the “U” super hero logo design

  4. 11 bayjorix
    May 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    As a European reader (sorry for my English) of your blog, my opinion is that this Superman story is targeted at the American audience. If it were a global marketing trick, they’d just ‘forget’ his citizenship and never mention it. Denouncing it: a) makes every 7 year old kid remember it, who never knew before, and b) it’s somewhat negative.

    I’ve watched the Barack Obama certificate video and some of the comments now mention what I think is the most probable. It’s an OCR scan, which means a software tries to recognize continuous text and slices up the document according to that. When the guy in the video hides most of the text, it’s place is white. A Photoshopped document would reveal continuous background, an OCR software on the other side does exactly this: the bottom layer of the sliced document contains image information only where there was no text hiding it in the first place. The document itself still can be fake, but this particular image is a true scan of the shown paper.

    Ps +1 for Star Trek 🙂

    • 12 johneaves
      May 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      thanks for the note and your writing is fine, Yeah there is a lot of interesting things going on and it’s funny how a bunch of news comes at once, I have only seen this you tube on the certificate but I do want to try it myself,, Always something fun and interesting to do with stuff from the internet if you have the time to play around.

  5. 13 Sojourner
    May 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This story is really overblown. The issue in question has 3 different superman stories in it to celebrate the #900th issue number. It hasn’t even been confirmed that they are part of continuity. (Though now that it has created such a stink DC will probably run with it to maximize sales.

  6. May 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    As a former nuclear missile launch officer, and calling upon my historian background, my official opinion is that “it’s all crap.” History is being re-written even as you read this. I’ve never seen anything like it. Superman was written during a period of patriotism for an American audience. Should he evolve? Perhaps but he can still deliver truth, justice and the American way–can he not? Is the American way so bad that we no longer believe in it? Looks like SAC was right after all. Stay alert and be vigilant. Looks like it will either go “Mad Max” or “Soylent Green.” What ever happened to Gene Roddenberry’s vision?

    • 16 johneaves
      May 3, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      dark times in deed brother… I don’t know what has happened to America in the last 20 years or so but it’s vastly changing and becoming a nation that is no longer black and white but a weakened country that chooses a path down the middle of the road

      • 17 valkyrie013
        May 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

        Well its gotten to be that if you swerve off the middle path you either get mocked or harassed by somebody on either side.. so America is towing the middle line out of fear of upsetting anyone.. Political Correctness.. Ha..!

        Still remember that line in Star Wars… “So this is how Democracy dies… With thunderous Applause…” Scary..

  7. 18 Al
    May 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I think it all boils down to the principles and values that this country was founded on that are fading away. Ever since the 60s, something fishy has been brewing. It all started to change, from politics into academia to the media and now we breathe it as if it were all normal. Humanity tends to be gullible so we easily are lead astray and follow those who have fame, money, power and political influences.

    • May 4, 2011 at 7:11 am

      Here in Canada we are facing the same thing back in the day we had the national anthem and the Lord’s prayer in our schools and the theaters minus the prayer part. Because of the influx of different nationalities who do not share those same ideals we had to become PC which I find is the cancer of country’s pride and Identity. Once you strip away a country’s core values it becomes blurred and loses its former glory.

  8. May 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Lots of big news stories this week, the royal wedding (I saw a comic book of that the flowing day, when I took my son to get his first comic book.)

    I find it funny that you have to be a American that was born in the US to be president. What about all those that was born over sea? “you born in another country sorry you can’t be President!”

    The Problem with Superman, is that he is view as american hero. Well it an american comic after all. So to open him up to the rest of the world, I don’t have problem with him renoicing his American citzenship. But if they really want to make him a world hero, then his stories will have to take place all over the world and not mainly in the US.
    You could make Clark Kent an international report, to explain why he is always over sea’s.

  9. May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    As a Canadian boy who grew up knowing that Superman was co created by a fellow Torontonian(Joe Shuster) found that the whole thing of “The American Way” always bothered me. In the documentary “LOOK, UP IN THE SKY” it striped away all things Canadian of Superman’s history by saying Superman was created by 2 American boys from Cleveland Ohio which was false and sloppy on part of the makers of this documentary. Joe Shuster may have been a naturalized American, but one can never honestly take away his true nationality CANADIAN, hell the documentary didn’t even mention the Daily Star for which was Clark’s employer before it became The Daily Planet. The documentary slapped all Canadians in the face with its anti-Canadian approach to Superman. So now that Superman will become a global hero is a breath of fresh air.

  10. 22 starhawk
    May 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I have to say, Mr. Eaves, I’m disappointed in you, and I wish you hadn’t posted this “birther” junk. I really thought you were better than that. Sheesh, he’s our President; for Humanity’s sake, give the fella some respect!

  11. 23 johneaves
    May 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    No disrespect intended,, I found the Adobe illustrator story interesting

    • 24 starhawk
      May 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      OK, no worries then 🙂 You know what they say about religion, politics, and arguments…

      BTW, you haven’t responded to my last email 😉

    • 25 johneaves
      May 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      And to eat my own words, I am very patriotic, not political and in finding this story about the certificate interesting it probably was a bad idea to post it.. After reading your comment, your right politics have there place and the last place I want them to be seen is here!!
      Sincere apologies my friend

      • 26 johneaves
        May 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        PS where did you send me an email,, Ridiculously I have three email accounts and I’m on the Juno one the most!!!!

  12. 27 starhawk
    May 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Hey, no worries, friend. I’m sorry I got my feathers ruffled that easily.

    Sent the email to your gmail account; didn’t know about the others.

  13. 29 Scott D
    May 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    In a way with Superman giving up his US citizenship is like an end of a classic age. But that’s how the world evolves.

    BTW, John. The Enterprise-F Contest now officially is coming to a close. Made-runner up, but still to place is a great feeling. Though would’ve been great to become your successor. 😉

  14. 31 valkyrie013
    May 5, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Well if Superman’s thing is an attempt by the studios to “Gain” an international audience.. they don’t think of the already established fan base that will bolt when they pander to others… so basically.. they get 1000 new readers.. but loose 2000 old readers.. not good business sense to poo poo on your fan base… ( not that it hasn’t been done before….)

  15. 32 Matt Boardman
    May 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Yeah, not too happy about this one. Changes like this to make a few extra dollars don’t sit well with me. Why bring politics into it? Why can’t Superman continue to fight the good fight as he has always done. Good writers find ways to be creative within the universe created for a character, not tear it apart and throw it in the faces of their audience. Sad times for sure.

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