All-Star Superman Saves a Life

All-Star Superman Saves a Life

An event in Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman, which becomes the subject of an animated DVD movie in February, has actually been revealed to save someone's life.

Check out this post from under the title "Why Superman is My Hero":

"I have struggled with depression ever since I was ten years old. It had crippled me emotionally. I was 27 years old, no college degree, no job and no will to live. I decided to kill myself after Christmas.

"And then my sister's boyfriend loaned me these comics. Superman is dying of radiation poisoning and is trying to complete all of his tasks before he dies, but he still takes the time to save a young girl who is about to jump off a building.

"I cried for hours after reading this. I identified with that girl so much, and I could almost hear Superman telling me that I'm stronger than I think.

"Now every time my depressesion starts to rear its ugly head, I just repeat his words and imagine him hugging me when I'm standing on the edge. It works better than any medication or therapy I've ever had.

"Now I'm in college and top of my class. I have friends. I have a life. And I don't care that he's a fictional comic book character. He still saved me."

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MikeHawk - 10/17/2010, 11:55 AM
Incredible Story
JaySchluffy - 10/17/2010, 11:56 AM
This is one of my favourite scenes in comics. We'll done for it.
longbowhunter - 10/17/2010, 11:56 AM
Bold story! I used comic books to help me quit smoking cigarettes and meth. True story.
comicbookjerk - 10/17/2010, 12:02 PM
Yeah I read this a while ago it was a really powerful part in the story because Superman promised not to save her if she decided to jump, he let her figure things out in her own way.
GreenHalJordan - 10/17/2010, 12:11 PM
and this is why no one should have payed attention to that bull crap about how comic books RUIN peoples lives instead of Saving them in like th 1950s or sometin.
Ibz - 10/17/2010, 12:14 PM
this is why its so important to have a good superman stroy hit the big screen because although superman has the power of a god, he's more human then us humans
Draximos - 10/17/2010, 12:17 PM
Awesome! It's always amazing to hear stories like that =)
Roscoe182 - 10/17/2010, 12:22 PM
thats an awesome story
EdGross - 10/17/2010, 12:25 PM
I was genuinely touched when I came across the story. I'm a guy who loves to wear Superman t-shirts when I'm not at work, and a few years ago my son and I were driving somewhere and we saw an elderly man manipulating a walker in one hand and shoveling snow with the other. I told my son we were going to offer to help, my son initially protested, but we did so anyway. The elderly man was resistant, but I convinced him to let us finish the job for him. As we were shoveling, and he gripped his walker with two hands, he said, "Thanks for helping. My neighbor is too sick to come out and do it himself."

When we finished we got back in the car and I said to my son, "THAT'S why we offer to help." A real lesson to him, and a reminder of why the Superman character touches me so deeply.
TheStranger - 10/17/2010, 12:27 PM
Thats amazing!
secretasianboy - 10/17/2010, 12:30 PM
that is freaking AWESOME!!!
it's amazing that a fictional character has touched so many lives
ThomYorke - 10/17/2010, 12:30 PM
thats an amazing story. just goes to show that fictional characters can be as influential as anyone in the real world
WingDingaLing - 10/17/2010, 12:45 PM
I was really touched by this story! :)
I hope in the superman reboot they can give us the feeling of what it would be like to have A REAL SUPERMAN. One that seems impossible and what everyone wish a true hero is like with powers beyond our imagination.
TheZoan - 10/17/2010, 1:06 PM
That's why the character of Superman should remain untouched. He symbolizes hope. He is the hero we all want to be & need. Boy Scout my foot, his true strenght is his character. That's why he's the greatest hero of them all.
xkot - 10/17/2010, 1:17 PM
Filmmakers take note: THIS is why Superman is super. Not the strength. Not the flying. Not being bulletproof. It's because he has all of that, and chooses to use it to help people. With great power must come great compassion.
comic2004 - 10/17/2010, 1:17 PM
Superman is the story of christ. And many others on both DC and Marvel side too. Jack Kirby went to the Bible to get the idea for them. Here's the video.

God Bless
EdGross - 10/17/2010, 1:20 PM
Intruder, obviously I have no way of knowing if the story is fact or not. I do know that sometimes it just takes one event; one seemingly innocuous moment that can put someone on that edge. If that's the case, who's to say that something equally as innocuous can't "talk" them off of it again?
TheZoan - 10/17/2010, 1:27 PM
Comic2004 there is no doubt that is where the inspiration for Superman came from. That's why he stands out above all else. Whether he's loved or hated.
MJPETTY7 - 10/17/2010, 1:46 PM
That's awesome! This should inspire us to be more like Superman.
DrZoom - 10/17/2010, 1:50 PM
this is such a beautiful story and i agree with EdGross and believe 100 % that seemingly small things do change lives.
That being sad i am a little miffed that someone brought up god in connection with this story. I really don't see the connection other than that both superman and god are fictional characters.
commanderhulk - 10/17/2010, 1:58 PM
Great story and it's great to hear. Really made my day. All Star Superman was an amazing comic, and one of the best I've ever read. Even people who don't like comics enjoy this one a lot.

EdGross, that was a good story about you and your son and that is what Superman is. He's a mythic symbol of strength, hope, and moral certintude. He inspires us to be great, and is the inspiration for all comicbook heroes, because he fells compasion. If we all do like EdGross did, helping someone in need out, we can all fell like Superman.

Again, a great story and wonderful to hear this.
comic2004 - 10/17/2010, 1:59 PM
EdGross Good point...
blueorangeny - 10/17/2010, 2:46 PM
Love the article.

I always wonder what if we truly had a Superman, perhaps half the bullshit that happens outside of this site would be different.

billnye69 - 10/17/2010, 3:20 PM
I really hope they add this scene in the upcoming movie.
GreenHalJordan - 10/17/2010, 3:22 PM
and this is why no one should have payed attention to that bull crap about how comic books RUIN peoples lives instead of Saving them in like th 1950s or sometin.
ALFREDORENEANGEL - 10/17/2010, 4:23 PM
I know feeling like a little gir at 27 is sad.
BobGarlen - 10/17/2010, 5:00 PM
i think this is kinda ironic, what i mean is, does anyone remember that story last year, a man in California went to see Watchmen, in the middle of the film, he pulled a gun out and shot and killed himself. This is really Ironic.
Deadshot - 10/17/2010, 5:36 PM
"his true strength is his character. That's why he's the greatest hero of them all."

Could not have said it any better myself, also awesome story, I'm glad the comic helped the guy.
TheDurkinKnight - 10/17/2010, 5:47 PM
Batman's alway been my hero but Superman is the one that I can relate to best. I've always had the inclination to do things that I knew were against my morals, to have fun and "sew my oats" the way my friends did. I have enough going in my favor that I could have a good run of it. But for better or worse I think it goes against my own value system. I can relate to the early episodes in Smallville where Clark is everyone's go to guy and always gets the short end of the stick. I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes I find it frustrating to always take the so-called "high road" while the bottom-feeders seem to always prosper and are never called to the carpet for being the way they are.

One of my favorite songs/videos is from my favorite CBM "Spider-Man 2". In the song "Ordinary" the character (supposed to be Spidey) is talking about this same frustration:

"And when the world is on its knees with me it's fine-And when I come to the rescue I get nothing but left behind-Everybody seems to be getting what they need where's MINE-Cause you're what I need so badly but I'm anything but ordinary"

I think most people who looks these books have similar perspectives to me. They can relate to characters who consistantly put others ahead of themsevles and are in turn stepped on. It's cathardic to see a character like Clark Kent with the power to move mountains confined so tightly by his own codes in the face of an immoral world.

Sorry to go all deep and sensative on everyone but I figured this is the appropriate forum. I'm sure some of you have felt the same way.

BTW Deadshot...who said that quote?
DrZoom - 10/17/2010, 5:55 PM
@ robert garlen
i don't know what you mean and i don't really see the irony in it. For your idea to make sense the movie would have had to make that guy want to kill himself. So either you have intimate knowledge of this poor fellows intentions or you don't really know what irony means.
EdGross - 10/17/2010, 6:34 PM
TheDurkinKnight, I hear what you're saying. I've lived what I think is a pretty moral life and been frustrated by those who take advantage of others and only look out for themselves prosper. I just know that, personally speaking, I couldn't really look myself in the mirror if I knew I was getting ahead by crushing or hurting others. That is NOT the way that I want to live.
BobGarlen - 10/17/2010, 6:48 PM
@DrZoom you read the story, from the way i saw it, the guy was depressed and the move just inched him over the line.
TheDurkinKnight - 10/17/2010, 7:01 PM neither. I like to tell myself that in the end it pays off. In some ways it has, because those who know me know my value system and I appreciate that. It's funny when you're a kid you think the vast majority of people or moraled and have values as well. Now that I'm almost 29 I look at the world quite often and just shake my head.
EdGross - 10/17/2010, 7:14 PM
TheDurkinKnight, it's even worse for me: not to make myself sound like an old fart, but I'm 50 years old and I cannot tell you how drastically things have changed in society since I was a little kid. If you're shocked at the way things are at 29, add another 21 years of life and changes on top of that. Truly amazing. And depressing.
spidermandk77 - 10/17/2010, 8:05 PM
This is an amazing story. I think we all can connect with our favorite heroes on a similar level. It's nice to know that they're saving lives we don't get to read about in the pages. I have a similar connection to Spider-man, who has kept me strong throughout the years through his perseverance.
TheDurkinKnight - 10/17/2010, 8:07 PM
Wow, I never thought of you as being 50! That's crazy! I'm a teacher, and I dunno how kids do it. I just graduated from high school a little more than 10 years ago, and it's like the world has changed for these kids. Cyberbullying, trampy celebrity starlet heroes, the whole thug fad which refuses to end. It amazes me. The problem that exists today is that no one wants to tell anyone else "Y'know what, that's just WRONG." No one wants to be told that what they're doing is wrong and no one else has the balls to tell them. It's sad. My mentor taught me in high school when I was 15. He just retired after 25 years because he simply couldn't handle the constant disrespect, the being cursed out, all of it. Honestly, there's a lot of beauty in the world but there are so many shitty people and things I have no idea where it can go from here. Is it just in the United States I wonder or are all countries plagued by degenerates?
MarkV - 10/17/2010, 10:37 PM
I have gone through some tough times this year. Stuff that is so hard I can't even explain. Not to sound corny, but All Star Superman gave me a little extra hope about things when I was down. It's a very special story. One for the ages.
MarkV - 10/17/2010, 10:38 PM
I have gone through some tough times this year. Stuff that is so hard I can't even explain. Not to sound corny, but All Star Superman gave me a little extra hope about things when I was down. It's a very special story. One for the ages.
gabezzz - 10/17/2010, 10:42 PM
ThisFan - 10/17/2010, 11:08 PM
@gabezzz what issue does Robin save someone
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