What Makes Superman so Darn American

Michael Myvett
English 50

What Makes Superman So Darn American by Gary Engle discusses not just Superman as a hero, but Superman as a part of American culture. Superman is an icon and known by every kid in America. Children and even adults look up to him.
Superman's status as an immigrant and an orphan makes him deeply American because that is a part of the American dream, the thought that one can come here from any part of the world and achieve a goal. The fact that one can start from the bottom and work their way up. Captain America, in my opinion, should also be considered “so darn American” despite the name.
Andrew Carnegie moved to America with his family in 1848. Starting off as a telegrapher, Carnegie had dreams. He was not content with doing this for the rest of his life. By the 1860's, he had investments in oil derricks, railroads, railroad sleeping cars, and steel. He built further wealth as a bond salesman raising money for American enterprise in Europe. He built Carnegie Steel Co. and sold it to J.P. Morgan for $480 million. Andrew Carnegie is a prime example of an immigrant making it in America. Everyone who works hard is somewhat promised the American although it doesn't always work out that way. But, people come to America in hopes of a new life, new beginnings, and prosperity. Superman is an orphan who was sent to Earth because his native planet, Krypton, exploded. He was taken in by an American family who instilled in his their middle class, American ways. Therefore, he was an alien in two senses of the word. Superman is and always will be a staple in American characters because of his story and the way he affected American families, culture, and the time it happened.
Captain America should also be considered “so darn American”. For nearly all of the character's publication history, Captain America has been the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a thin young man who eagerly wanted to help his country and serve in the army. He was...