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.

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