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Thinking about Journalism with Superman
Unformatted Document Text:  Thinking about Journalism with Superman 22 and dangers inherent in journalism and its relationship to the citizenry. Superman helps us see how and where journalism falls short while also pointing to how it may better live up to its potential so that “truth, justice, and the American way” moves from slogan toward reality. Notes 1 Jenette Kahn, “Foreword,” in Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties, rev. ed. (New York: Crown, 1983), 7; Les Daniels, Superman: The Complete History (San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle, 1998), 11; Dennis O‟Neil, “The Man of Steel and Me,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 58; Harlan Ellison qtd. in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 12. 2 Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence, The American Monomyth, 2 nd ed. (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America), xi, xv. 3 John J. Pauly, “A Beginner‟s Guide to Doing Qualitative Research in Mass Communication,” Journalism Monographs, no. 125 (February 1991): 5. 4 See E. Nelson Bridwell, “Introduction,” in Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties, rev. ed. (New York: Crown, 1983), 11. 5 See Gary Engle, “What Makes Superman So Darned American?,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 79-87; Danny Fingeroth, Superman on the Couch (New York: Continuum, 2004), 53-56; Scott Bukatman, Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20 th Century (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003), 197. 6 See Dennis Dooley, “The Man of Tomorrow and the Boys of Yesterday,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 19-34; Scott Raab, “Is Superman Jewish?,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 167-68; Danny Fingeroth, Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero (New York: Continuum, 2007); Simcha Weinstein, Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero (Baltimore, Md.: Leviathan, 2006). 7 Superman—The Movie, originally released 1978 (available on Warner Home Video). The movie‟s director Richard Donner and co-writer Tom Mankiewicz consciously linked Superman‟s story to that of Christ; see

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Thinking about Journalism with Superman 22 
 
 
and dangers inherent in journalism and its relationship to the citizenry. Superman helps us see 
how and where journalism falls short while also pointing to how it may better live up to its 
potential so that “truth, justice, and the American way” moves from slogan toward reality. 
                                                 
Notes 
1
 Jenette Kahn, “Foreword,” in Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties, rev. ed. (New York: Crown, 
1983), 7; Les Daniels, Superman: The Complete History (San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle, 1998), 11; Dennis 
O‟Neil, “The Man of Steel and Me,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: 
Octavia, 1987), 58; Harlan Ellison qtd. in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: 
Octavia, 1987), 12. 
2
 Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence, The American Monomyth, 2
nd
 ed. (Lanham, Md.: University 
Press of America), xi, xv.  
3
 John J. Pauly, “A Beginner‟s Guide to Doing Qualitative Research in Mass Communication,” Journalism 
Monographs, no. 125 (February 1991): 5.  
4
 See E. Nelson Bridwell, “Introduction,” in Superman from the Thirties to the Eighties, rev. ed. (New 
York: Crown, 1983), 11. 
5
 See Gary Engle, “What Makes Superman So Darned American?,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis 
Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 79-87; Danny Fingeroth, Superman on the Couch (New 
York: Continuum, 2004), 53-56; Scott Bukatman, Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20
th
 
Century (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003), 197. 
6
 See Dennis Dooley, “The Man of Tomorrow and the Boys of Yesterday,” in Superman at Fifty!, ed. 
Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 19-34; Scott Raab, “Is Superman Jewish?,” in 
Superman at Fifty!, ed. Dennis Dooley and Gary Engle (Cleveland, Oh.: Octavia, 1987), 167-68; Danny Fingeroth, 
Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero (New York: Continuum, 2007); Simcha 
Weinstein, Up, Up, and Oy Vey!: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero 
(Baltimore, Md.: Leviathan, 2006). 
7
 Superman—The Movie, originally released 1978 (available on Warner Home Video). The movie‟s 
director Richard Donner and co-writer Tom Mankiewicz consciously linked Superman‟s story to that of Christ; see 


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