Su­per­man goes walk­a­bout to meet ev­ery­day folks

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

PHILADEL­PHIA: The Man of Steel will walk across Amer­ica to re­con­nect with ev­ery­day peo­ple in a story that will fea­ture ac­tual cities, towns and sub­urbs sub­mit­ted by read­ers.

Su­per­man, one of DC Comics’ lead­ing he­roes, be­gins his jour­ney next month in Philadel­phia, where he’ll em­bark on a 12-is­sue, cross­coun­try walk – no fly­ing, thank you – through nine states.

Dan DiDio, DC’s co-pub­lisher, said that the Kryp­ton-born, Kansas­bred hero had lost touch “with the peo­ple he grew up with, his adopted home on Earth” and he’ll “take a walk across Amer­ica to re­con­nect”.

In a bid to keep the story arc fresh, read­ers of the comic who live within 80km of the cities of Chicago, Des Moines, Den­ver, Salt Lake City, Las Ve­gas, Los An­ge­les, Port­land and Seat­tle can sub­mit es­says tout­ing why their city or sub­urb should be in­cluded in the story ti­tled Grounded. DC will se­lect nine win­ners.

DiDio said DC is “look­ing to hear what peo­ple have to say, how the char­ac­ter af­fected their lives” and, he added, “more im­por­tantly, what the char­ac­ter means to them”.

Su­per­man, cre­ated by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shus­ter, first ap­peared in 1938 in Ac­tion Comics.

The story, scripted by vet­eran film, tele­vi­sion and comic writer J Michael Straczyn­ski has its roots in the cur­rent is­sue, No 700.

In it, Su­per­man asks The Flash whether he ac­tu­ally sees the peo­ple he’s pro­tect­ing as he bar­rels across the coun­try at su­personic speeds.

“When I’m run­ning flat-out, I see what I fig­ure you see when you’re fly­ing up there at sev­eral bazil­lion times the speed of sound,” the speed­ster replies. “I see a blur. Un­less I make an ef­fort to see the de­tails.”

Su­per­man’s de­cid­edly slower walk­a­bout starts with is­sue 701 next month. – Sapa-AP

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FLIGHT­LESS: Su­per­man

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