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Superman Comes To Philly

By Wyatt Earp | July 15, 2010

Maybe he can use his super breath to blow all of the Democrats out of town. Meh, probably not, because the writers got almost every detail wrong on .

In the pages of DC Comics’ latest issue of Superman, which hits stands Wednesday, the Man of Steel embarks on a yearlong journey of more than 1,000 miles with a single step. But for all his strength, insight and intelligence, he still has a thing or two to learn about geography.

The 500 block of South 48th Street is described as the city’s “South Side,” though no such neighborhood exists in Philadelphia. The area is actually a section of west Philadelphia known as University City, and the flub has generated a little bit of good-natured ribbing from locals.

Our Krypton-born, Kansas-bred protagonist lacks schooling in the finer points of ordering a cheesesteak — he inelegantly dubs it a “Philly cheese steak sandwich” — but the waitress taking his order lets the faux pas slide.

Dude. If you’re going to write about specific places, have a clue. Take a second to bone up on the place before you put ink to paper. These idiots weren’t even close, and that burns me up.

Philadelphia doesn’t find its way into pop culture very often, but when it does, it is usually a disaster. One of the better attempts is the first Rocky film, but even that had its face-palm moments. Remember Rocky’s scenic run through the city? Couldn’t happen in real life – unless Rocky was a Kenyan marathoner. But that’s another story for another day.

Topics: Philly, Snarkasm | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Superman Comes To Philly”

  1. Fenway_Nation Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Superman’s next stop is Detroit, where issues like unemployment and poverty will be woven into a superhero story line,

    Thanks to the Dems, every city will be a little more like Detroit now….

  2. Sally Anne Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I can’t wait until Superman goes to the south and is promtly chased off by rednecks who are uncomfortable with “that feller wearin’ tights and his underpants on the outside”

    And off topic… As you’re the only rabid lacrosse fan I know of, I was wondering– have you seen ?

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Fenway – And we need Superman to wrestle us from Dhimmi control.

    Sally Anne – I did see that. I am still shaking my head.

  4. proof Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    He should stay out of L.A. or he may have to deal with the Crips tonight!

  5. Robbie Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I was completely amazed at how fast Rocky ran from the Italian Market to the Art Museum ! I can’t stand Superman anyway – bring Batman to town – now there’s a super hero !

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Proof – And their switchblades are made of Kryptonite.

    Robbie – Starting at Kensington, down to Delaware Avenue, to East River Drive, to the Market, to the Art Museum. What’s that, 30 miles?

  7. bob (either orr) Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Their artistic license should be suspended.

  8. Ingineer66 Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Movies juxtapose locations in an area like Rocky does all the time. It makes for good cinema but not very realistic.

    Kind of like all the movies where people drive from LA to San Francisco. They make it seem like they are in the car for 10 minutes and then show them driving across the Bixby Bridge which is about 6 hours from LA and way out of the way if you are trying to get to SF. Maybe if you were taking a scenic drive over a couple of days to SF you would go that way, but not if you were in a hurry.

    Wow I used juxtapose and cinema in a single post. Must be a record for fancy words for me.

  9. Ingineer66 Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    PS on the Lacrosse team not being allowed to play. I am not a big fan of Indian tribes being able to issue their own passports, but if the anal retentive folks at US Immigration gave them a pass to leave the country then for God’s sake let them play. We can let Iranians or North Koreans travel for sporting events, but not the folks that invented the game.

  10. RT Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Yeah, but they get “Cold Case” right, don’t they? Heh. (I still remember that post.)

  11. JT Says:
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Rocky : “Cut me, Mick”.

    Mick: “You’re a TERRIBLE actor”.

    Rocky : ” Not dat deep”.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 16th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Bob – Agreed.

    Ingineer66 – Kudos! Your English teacher would be proud.

    RT – Yeah, we should show them what a real police building looks like.

    JT – Nicely played.