A few years back I stumbled upon these images online and wasn’t sure what to think of them. Do you think they could possibly be an artists noble tribute? Or is it simply fan art that has gone too far?

DC smartly confronted this issue right up front in its book “9-11: The World’s Finest Comic Book”

“Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember” ($9.95; 224pp.) Superman, trapped in the pages of a comicbook, laments his inability to “break free from the fictional pages where I live and breath…become real during times of crisis and right the wrongs of an unjust world.”

Left behind as a fireman rushes into the flames, he adds, ” A world fortunately protected by heroes of its own.” When Superman, who has entered into the (inter)national consciousness as an emblem of American strength and goodwill, modestly salutes real heroics it feels right.

13 thoughts on “Superman and 9/11 imagery?? Where do you draw the line?”
  1. Hi I created the 1st image on photo shop, i shared it on facebook to see if my friends thought it was any good for a canvas. The meaning behind the image is, we may have all the knowledge and strength in the universe but we are still not able to stop all the devastating things that happen to out lives.

    i hope i caused no offence.


  2. im sorry prav, but i am deeply offended by what i see. its almost as if you're trivialising the events that happened on 9/11. as a new yorker, i find the use of its nature in bad taste.

  3. well i think that u are fucking stupid for taking offence to this dave i think the picture shows the united states as " superman" and is showing that no matter how badass and strong and invinceable we think we are…we do have a weakness but even if u take advantage of our weakness we will fight until our dying breath

  4. I wonder why people are so easily offended by art? I mean it's just one person's artistic expression about something terrible that happened. The artwork itself is not poking fun at 9-11 or anything like that. But even if it was, you can ignore it if you don't like it, but to be offended is ridiculous. The only time I would agree that an artist (or writer, comedian what ever) has gone too far is if they try to incite hatred. But when we're all dead and 9-11 is just part of history like the wars of the 20th century, it will be seen as part of the narrative of the human race – something that won't be raw for anyone any more. In the mean time lets hope we don't get so sensitive that we can't make art about the real world for fear of offending.

  5. I think this is a WONDERFUL work of art here. Superman is known as the Man of steel, power and care. New York is an remarkable city that is very powerful. The people who live there are strong, united, love where they are from and are very PROUD of their city! These pictures show that even Superman can feel pain; inside or out. It also shows that though he is wounded he is NOT defeated! Like New York and New Yorkers! I love this and (I hope you don’t mind) have PROUDLY shared these images on my facebook page in tribute to 9/11 and New Yorkers! <3

  6. Everyone laments the tragedy of 9/11, and these general emotions can translate to art in all of its various mediums. From what one considers "traditional" to other types, such as the ones on display here, as long as no ill will is meant by these images, there should be no outrage over things such as this. I believe the above images convey a great deal of Americanism as to the approach to the given subject, as well as a sense of passion for the topic at hand. I believe it is a beautiful pop art tribute. –Eienshi-Ita

  7. If you know the history of Superman and some of the heroes they actually originated during the world wars as a symbol of hope. Captain America was created to fight Adolf Hitler etc. It was a good outlet for people and was assuring that we had heroes. Were they real? It depends, the hope and the confidence they instilled even through fiction had a real enough effect. One of the early appearances of Superman shows him bringing ammunition to troops. I don't think it is a misappropriation to show someone who stands up for truth, justice, and the AMERICAN way,  mourning such a tragic loss. Superman is an integral part of American mythos…there is not a person in this country who doesn't know who he is, with that said I accept the tribute posters without disdain.

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