superheroes http://kcur.org en Where Comics And Reality Intersect http://kcur.org/post/where-comics-and-reality-intersect <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>He flies through the air and leaps tall buildings in a single bound. Of course, we're talking about Superman. But there’s more reality in comic book superhero tales than you might think.</p><p>On Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about how the comics have reflected contemporary life and historical events. Take a look at World War II-era comics, and you’ll see a caped crusader shilling for the war effort.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:05:37 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Beth Lipoff 53106 at http://kcur.org Where Comics And Reality Intersect Kansas Town Renamed Smallville...For A Day http://kcur.org/post/kansas-town-renamed-smallvillefor-day <p>In a scene from the recent film <em><a href="http://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html">Man of Steel</a></em>, Superman is asked why he should be trusted. He responds, "I grew up in Kansas." For the past year, three natives of Hutchinson, Kan., have argued that their hometown is probably the closest fit to the superhero’s: Smallville.</p><p>On Friday, June 21, for one day only, Hutchinson will be known as "Smallville, Kansas – the Home of Clark Kent."</p><p><strong>Hutchinson as candidate for Smallville</strong></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:39:33 +0000 Laura Spencer 38878 at http://kcur.org Kansas Town Renamed Smallville...For A Day Superman: Flying High At 75 http://kcur.org/post/superman-flying-high-75 <p></p><p>He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Danie Alexander & Steve Kraske 38468 at http://kcur.org Superman: Flying High At 75 It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute? http://kcur.org/post/its-bird-its-plane-its-statute <p></p><div>What would happen if&nbsp;<strong>Superman had to get a warrant</strong>&nbsp;for his x-ray vision? Can you imagine&nbsp;<strong>Batman in small claims court</strong>&nbsp;when his&nbsp;batarangs&nbsp;damage city buildings?</div><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 29887 at http://kcur.org It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute? 'We Are Superman' http://kcur.org/post/we-are-superman <p>In the heart of Kansas City, at the intersection of 31st and Troost,<strong> a select few work to transform a dividing line into a gathering place</strong>. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:37:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Danie Alexander 28636 at http://kcur.org 'We Are Superman'