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10:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Where Comics And Reality Intersect

Real life often inspired storylines in the comics.
Credit Ammon Beckstrom / Erjk Prunczyk / Flickr-CC

  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.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, 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.

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3:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Kansas Town Renamed Smallville...For A Day

Henry Cavill stars as Superman in 'Man of Steel.'
Credit Clay Enos / Warner Brothers Pictures

In a scene from the recent film Man of Steel, 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.

On Friday, June 21, for one day only, Hutchinson will be known as "Smallville, Kansas – the Home of Clark Kent."

Hutchinson as candidate for Smallville

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Superman: Flying High At 75

"Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero" by Larry Tye

He is the original superhero of modern times and this year fans around the world celebrate the 75th birthday of Superman.

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6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute?

The Law of Superheroes

What would happen if Superman had to get a warrant for his x-ray vision? Can you imagine Batman in small claims court when his batarangs damage city buildings?

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Up To Date
9:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

'We Are Superman'

Kevin Howdeshell

In the heart of Kansas City, at the intersection of 31st and Troost, a select few work to transform a dividing line into a gathering place.

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