Friday, May 12, 2006

"Kal El" do you need kryptonite?


Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound... It’s a bird, a bee no its Kal El! Yes! A few of you guessed right Kal El is the actual name of Clark Kent aka Superman. Superman was perhaps the first science fiction comic series I started reading, I still remember those long walks with my grandfather to the grocery store which usually resulted in him getting me a bunch load of comic books (what a horrendous waste of money!!). I probably owned every single superman comic that came out during those times, including the one in which he dies tragically, killed by his friend turned arch rival Lex Luther.
Superman was created by school mates Joe Shuster and Jerome Siegel in 1933 (read the story behind superman here).
Superman is an ingenious creation and a subtle way of introducing kids to science fiction; I have since graduated from superman to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke. Superman a perfect role model and what every kid wants to be, a symbol of justice, power and honesty. I still remember the days I spent as a kid imagining myself flying and saving the world in my dreams.The characterization of superman is very complex and very imaginative, it is not an ordinary thing to think about so many super powers and Kryptonite is absolute genius. It is incredible that the authors so ingeniously thought of a weakness. The comic books where superman encounters kryptonite are fascinating. I must have read and reread those stories a hundred and one times when I was a kid, now with the movie about to hit the big screen I really long to read one of those comic books again.
I am surprised that Kal El did not lose his significance even after all these days. The world still misses him, I still miss him… BRING ON THE KRYPTONITE!!!
These are the lyrics to the superman song from the popular serial Smallville
Its not easy to be me: THE SUPERMAN SONG
I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
I'm just out to find
The better part of me
I'm more than a bird
I'm more than a plane
More than some pretty face
beside a train
It's not easy to be me
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home
I'll never see
It may sound absurd
but don't be naive-
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed
but won't you concede?
Even Heroes have the right to dream
It's not easy to be me
Up, up and away: away from me
It's all right
You can all sleep sound tonight
I'm not crazy or anything
I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naive
Men weren't meant to ride
With clouds between their knees
I'm only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
It's not easy to be me.


Narayanan Venkitu said...


I've never read any Superman comics. My days..we had Phantom, Mandrake and in tamil 'Muthu comics'.

I've watched superman cartoons in India.

So..where are all the truck loads of comic books that your GP bought?

Wow..that song...Never knew about this until I read you today.!!

So..whazzup Robbie?

ROBBIE said...

Hey NV!
Those comic books are in Salem, and some cousins of mine have taken a few and the rest have been kept in the school that my aunts run for the children from the village. They do need a superman dont they?

Narayanan Venkitu said...

HI Robbie..Not one...several.!!

Shuba said...

Hey..superman books ...ooops school days I believed that was atrue character....and i loved to watch he man too...lovely days

ROBBIE said...

I really do wish that it were a real character. We do have a few super men and women amongst us and we can attribute our good life to them...