- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
John HodgmanSuperman was just a smiling strongman until Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster went back and gave us his origin: his fatherless exile from a lost paradise; his adoption by smiling heartland farmers; the secret powers he did not dare reveal. He ultimately split his identity in two, leading his true life in the air so as not to threaten his assimilation into everyday life on the ground. That's when Superman became a metaphor, Jones says, for the ethnic experience in America and later for our homegrown outsiders, the bookish and the bullied, the weirdos and geeks and, well, cartoonists.
— The New York Times