Super Duper Superman

Image courtesy of DC Comics

As teenagers, my husband and I would drive down Route 6 between North Truro and Provincetown on the Cape with the windows down, the sunroof open and “Superboy & Supergirl” by Tullycraft blaring from the speakers. I have to assume that song was inspired by arguably the greatest superhero of all time: Superman.

I say arguably because no comic book has ever commanded so great a price; Monday, the first Superman comic, Action Comics #1, was auctioned off for $1 million. Considering the challenging economy and that the previous high for another edition of Action Comics #1 was $400,000, this sale price speaks volumes – who has a better reputation than Superman?!

WBZ personality John Keller gave Superman a nod yesterday on his blog and morning broadcast. Papas5 commented on Keller’s blog: “I…have seen [Superman] go through a number of different changes but the core of his character remains. Someone who chooses the right thing to do, adopted a code of ethics and stayed true to it, has the power to conquer the planet and instead chooses to defend it…He represents an ideal that many aspire to…”

Imagine the reputations businesses and other organizations would have if they followed this advice. Superman makes it look so easy – able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!


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0 Responses to Super Duper Superman

  1. Adam says:

    That song brings back fondest memories.

    Perhaps a reason that SuperAnybodies are such exemplars of managed reputation, is that they have carte blanche to make the wrong choices, but do not. Who could stop Superman from being SuperEvilman? No one.

    Is this a key part of communicating an excellent reputation: you are not only recognized for doing the right thing, but it is recognized that you could do otherwise? That you make good choices deliberately, and therefore can be expected to continue doing so.

    With great power comes great responsibility. And perhaps, with great reputation comes great transparency.

  2. SarahGerrol says:

    Superman, Superman,
    Does whatever a superman can…

    Oh! Wrong hero! In all seriousness, Adam, I agree with you completely. I think what makes a reputation truly excellent, as opposed to just positive, is the choice you make to consciously do the right thing.

    And it doesn’t help that those heroes can actually pull of spandex!

  3. margaretbrady says:

    I think that it would be interesting to poll folks and ask: Who is YOUR Superman? I think that we’d get some interesting responses…from corporate raiders to fathers and friends to Lois Lane’s hero…oh my!

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