Former Mayor of Long Beach, California, Robert Garcia choose to be sworn into his new role in Congress over the first issue of Superman. Fortunately, the Library of Congress was able to lend him their historic copy.
The swear-in to Congress is usually done on the Constitution with the oath taker having the option to bring a religious or spiritual text of their choosing. In addition to the original 1940 debut solo issue of Superman, Garcia also brought his U.S citizenship certificate along with a photo of his parents who had passed away from COVID.
Garcia takes his Congressional seat for California with all the inspiration and influence of Superman. He and his family had moved to the United States from Peru when he was five where he would earn that very same citizenship certificate he would bring in. Growing up, you can bet he read comics – in fact, they had a role in teaching him English.
“For all of you upset that I still read comics and suggesting that I need to do more serious reading…anyone who understands comics knows that comics are an essential part of American fiction. And the lessons learned are invaluable.” Garcia tweeted in November. He also includes “comic book nerd” in his Twitter bio.
Robert Garcia was the youngest elected and first openly gay mayor in Long Beach before his move to Congress for California’s 42nd. District. In fact, his campaign font and typeface are heavily inspired by traditional comic book typeface.
“I became a Superman fan as a kid because I related to him. An immigrant, a sense of justice, and a secret identity.” Garcia had also Tweeted around the time when Superman Son of Kal-El was released. We look forward to seeing what progress he makes and if he stays true to the morals of the character.