|I'm amazed Superman could fight crime with his eyes closed all the time.|
|Superman: Keeper of truth, justice, the American way, and smashing the fuck out of people's cars when they double park.|
|Siegel (Left) and Shuster (Right)|
Clark Kent personifies fairly typically the average reader who is harassed by complexes and despised by his fellow men; through an obvious process of self-identification, any accountant in any American city secretly feeds the hope that one day, from the slough of his actual personality, a superman can spring forth who is capable of redeeming years of mediocre existence. (Umberto and Chilton, “The Myth of Superman,” 15)
|He's also one hell of a dancer.|
|Superman's going to give Adolf a stern talking to.|
Comic strips appeal to the average reader like myself by three little words, “To be continued.” In almost every case before Superman puts in appearance, Lois, the leading lady of this strip, is ready to lose her life. Just when death is about to strike, “To be continued” pops up, and the reader anxiously waits for the next issue in order to see how Superman pulls Lois out of this one. These adventures go on forever. (Strang, 340)
|WHAT DOES IT MEAN?|
|Just one of many results for a "Frankenstein Superman" Google Search.|
|It's because nobody cares about you, Clark.|
|That's not to say he hasn't done stupid shit in his 70+ years of comic history.|
|God DAMN, my patriotism is so rock hard right now.|
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