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Superman gives up U.S. citizenship

Superman is giving up his American citizenship in the latest issue of the comic book series.

Man of Steel becomes man of the world

Superman is giving up his American citizenship in the latest issue of the comic book series.

The 900th issue by DC comics has the superhero in Tehran standing in support of protesters demonstrating against their government. His action causes the Iranian government to believe he was sent there by the White House.

When presidential advisers express their disapproval, Superman decides he will renounce his U.S. citizenship at the UN while affirming his desire to fight crime from a global perspective.

"I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," declares the cartoon crime fighter.

His proclamation, though, is somewhat doubtful since Superman came from the alien planet of Krypton and was "adopted" by a Kansas family.

Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio released a statement about the issue that did not clarify much:  "[Superman] remains, as always, committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy in Smallville."

They also reiterated in their statement Friday: "As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way."

The spin from DC comics focuses on plot and in a website statement, the company promises the emerging story "will lay the grounds for an insanely epic story coming out this summer in the pages of ACTION!"

The 900th issue includes five shorter pieces examining facets of Superman's life and is written by some familiar names from the entertainment world such as Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and director Richard Donner.