I think we’ve all needed a little Superman this week.
Between the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured hundreds and the almost-unreal explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15, I wonder how many folks across the U.S. – comic readers and non-comic readers a like – wish he’d appeared in a flash of red at both sites to save the day.
For me, that thought and hope was only enabled further by the most recent trailer for the upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ movie that’s coming out in June.
Then we reach today. Exactly 75 years ago, the Last Son of Krypton first appeared on the front of Action Comics No. 1, lifting a car over his head while explosions bloomed and bad guys panicked. He’s endured as the iconic and pivotal superhero since. Doesn’t matter if he’s your favorite or not, there’s unflinching respect for him as a character among comic book readers the way ‘The Godfather’ or ‘Citizen Kane’ is revered among film buffs.
Is it coincidental that the week for such great tragedy is also the week we’re exposed to so much of this fictional character? Yes, probably.
But it doesn’t change the fact that many of us have needed him just the same.
Happy birthday, Supes. Wish you were here.