Super Social Media For 'The Man Of Steel' In Webcomics
Granted, now that Superman is turning 75 this year, the chances of him taking to social media this late in the game is probably slim. However, a recent Pew Survey statistic did indicate that 32% of online seniors over 65 are using social networking sites -- so, it's not inconceivable that the Man of Steel just might have some social media skills in his arsenal of super powers.
But what are the repercussions of Superman (aka Clark Kent) opening up a Facebook account? Well our favorite digital cartoonists over at Nitrozac and Snaggy think the consequences could be dire. After all, once the movie "Catfish" revealed how folks online failed at living behind hidden identities, how could the most popular aliases of all time not be uncovered in the transparent world we now live in.
On another front, things got really dicey when Google Plus threatened to suspend his account less he reveal his real identity. And neither his birth name of "Kal-E" from the planet Krypton, nor his Earth-ly name of "Clark Kent" could allude Google's TOS (terms of service) rulings.
ComicsAlliance also published a toon as to what might happen if Clark Kent was to become active on Facebook. In a recurring feature called "Super-Hero Social Networking," Curt Franklin and Chris Haley of the webcomic "Let's Be Friends Again," imagined Superman struggling to grasp the intricacies of "untagging" a post that might lead to revealing his true identity.
So Superman taking to social media got me thinking about some of the esoteric trivia tied to the Man of Steel that might have surfaced in status updates and/or tweets had he been active on social networks.
For those not old enough to remember, AARP Magazine in their recent June/July issue has provided the answers to the above questions.
Q: How did he get the Social Security number of 092-09-6616?
A: In a 1966 issue of Action Comics, editors revealed Clark Kent's social security number. That number actually belonged to a a flesh-and-blood New Yorker named Giobatta Baiocchi who had died a year earlier (and who's relatives had no idea why his number was selected).
Q: What famous real-life people did Superman apprehend and box?
A: In a 1949 story commissioned for Look magazine, Superman hauled Hitler and Stalin before a League of Nations ward crimes tribunal. Additionally he boxed Muhammad Ali- and lost.
Q: Why did he fail his army physical during World War II?
A: He inadvertently read an eye chart in the adjoining room with his X-ray vision.
Q: He's probably Jewish?
A: Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel gave plenty of clues over the years - from Superman's Kryptonian name Kal-El (Hebrew for "vessel of God"), to his origin story straight out of Exodus. As with Moses, his parents launched him to safety (this time, out into space versus down a river) and he was adopted by gentiles, Martha and Jonathan Kent (which also has allusions to the immaculate conception and the Christ baby story).
Q: What is his middle name?
A: His middle name was revealed in a 1997 comics as "Joseph".
As recent as 2009, there's been cartoon references to how Superman could assist in fixing the world via social media distribution channels. When the crisis of legacy newspapers being replaced by online media hit the airwaves, here depicted in a kidd millennium cartoon, our current president actually stepped in and assumed the role of Superman to solve this problem.
So your thoughts readers as to whether or not Social Media might have aided or hindered the Man of Steel from doing his job properly, or whether he would still need to protect his privacy in this digital age of transparency?