Why congressman Robert Garcia will be sworn in on an original Superman #1 comic
The comic book will be available along with other mementos.
Lester Fabian Brathwaite
Superman is well-known for his extraordinary abilities Fighting for justice and truthRobert Garcia, the Man of Steel, was inspired by his values and helped him learn English as a young immigrant to Peru.
Garcia will be sworn into office as a representative in California’s 42nd congressional District. He will receive a copy the Constitution, his citizenship certificate and a photo of him with his parents. Superman #1 available on loan from Library of Congress
Rep. Robert Garcia, Elect, Will be Sworn In with a Vintage Superman Comic, U.S. Citizenship Certificate
Robert Garcia, Rep.-Elect, stated that Superman was the first comic he had ever read. “He was an immigrant to another planet who was raised believing in justice and truth–and those are things that I value.”
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“I came to America as a Spanish-speaker when I was five years old.” Garcia spoke to PEOPLE. “As a child, I used to pick up comics from old thrift shops and pharmacies. That’s how I learned English reading and writing.”
Garcia identifies strongly with the Kryptonian orphan because he is a fellow immigrant who believes in the same core principles.
Garcia stated that Superman was the first comic he read as a child. “He was an immigrant to another planet who was raised believing in justice and truth — and those are things that I value. There is definitely a personal connection.
Superman made his debut in Action Comics He was popular enough that he was granted his own series in 1938. The rest is history of billion-dollar franchises. An original 1939 version was released last year. Superman #1 was the most expensive comic book ever with a price tag of $1, Record-breaking sale of $5.3 Million. Garcia could borrow one from the Library of Congress, which was a blessing.
This special day has been delayed by the inability of the House of Representatives to elect a new Speaker. However, Garcia will become the first openly gay immigrant to Congress once they do.
Garcia became a citizen in 2001. This moment is what he considers his proudest and the reason he chose to go into public service. Garcia was serving as Long Beach’s mayor when his parents died of COVID in 2020. Garcia wanted them to be part of the swearing-in ceremony.
Garcia stated, “It is difficult not to have them here.” “My mom came here from Mexico. We were very poor growing up and she worked for over 25 years as a health worker at the same clinic. It would be huge to see her son swear in to Congress, from an immigrant. They are watching from afar so having them as a part is very important.”
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