You have heard names like Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, Wonder Girl, Spiderman, Thor, Wolverine, Starfire, Mr Fantastic, Iron Man, Super Boy and Bart Allan. These are some of the famous superhero characters. There are not only male characters, but female characters too. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine. The word superheroes say that it is super.
What are the reasons to introduce these heroes as super? They are much heroic characters possessing extraordinary talents, supernatural phenomena or superhuman powers and are dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public.
The word ‘superhero’ dates to at least 1917. Superheroes have their unique costumes. Antecedents of the archetype include such folkloric heroes as Robin Hood who adventured in distinctive clothing. Some costumes are super powered ones.
Some of superheroes used masks as well. Early superhero films were produced in the 1940s, during the Golden Age of Comic Books, but interest lagged during the Cold War era; the form resurfaced in the late 1970s, and after 2000 developed into a number of highly profitable franchises.
They have secret identity that protect the superhero’s friends and family from becoming targets of his/her enemies, such as Clark Kent (Superman), or to protect themselves from getting arrested by the police, like Spider-Man, although many superheroes have a confidant (usually a friend or relative who has been sworn to secrecy). Most superheroes use a descriptive or metaphoric code name for their public deeds.
However, some superheroes, such as those of the team the Fantastic Four, eschew secret identities and are publicly known or even celebrities. There are also rare ones whose true identities are common public knowledge, even with a costumed identity (Iron Man and Captain America). They have strong a moral code, including a willingness to risk one’s own safety in the service of good without expectation of reward.
Superman was one remarkable superhero. It was turned down by every newspaper in that era; the very first idea that a man who can lift cars and was ‘faster than a speeding bullet’ was utterly ridiculous. What made Superman unique and relatable was that he was a fictional character who lived in the same world as his readers. DC Comics, an American comic book publisher, revamped more heroes like Green Lantern, Hawkman, Atom, and Aquaman. These new heroes, joined by Wonder Woman, and later Superman and Batman, formed the Justice League of America.
Timely Comics wanted to get back in the superhero comic-selling game, so they had writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby come up with a team timely could call their own. In 1961, Timely Comics changed their name to Marvel and released Fantastic Four (Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked). To say Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s partnership was incredible is an understatement. Together they created superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Daredevil and Black Panther (the first black superhero). They created superhero teams such as the X-Men and the Avengers as well.
Young crew, facing the challenges of learning many new skills, may often feel small, helpless, fearful, unable to accomplish what they desire, or troubled in other words, just the opposite of superheroes. It’s no wonder that many preschoolers also are drawn to superhero play. Through play they can feel brave, fearless, in control of their world, out of ordinary and just plain good. Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, it is claimed.
Unlike the comic heroes of the past who often held ordinary day jobs and believed in social justice, the new breed of Hollywood superheroes are aggressive, sarcastic and rarely speak about the virtue of doing well for humanity.
Today’s superheroes are too much like an action hero who participates in non-stop violence. Even though some people have an idea that superheroes are fake and that they are not real people in this world, some people allege to the superheroes. They think superheroes give bad news to the society, especially to kids. Anyway as the intelligent people, we have to understand reality when reading and watching such superhero stories.