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Tear Jerker / Superman: Secret Origin

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  • Issue #1: When Clark first sees his ship and activates the holograms of his birth parents, the Kents are right beside him, and get choked up too. Clark runs out crying into the fields and Jonathan follows him:
    Clark: I... I don't want to be someone else. I don't want to be different. I want to be Clark Kent. I want to be your son.
    Jonathan: Clark... you are my son.
    • Superman movie Man of Steel borrows from this exchange. Its writer David Goyer wrote the introduction to the collected edition while he was working on the screenplay and noted this scene specifically.
  • Jimmy Olsen..didn't have particularly supportive parents. Saying that they told him that he'd "never make it." The fact that such an optimistic young man has such a sad parting word with his family is pretty tragic.


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