Look Up In The Sky

How does someone start a new comics blog without beginning with Superman?

Having had a conversation with someone recently about the merits of the character, his seemingly unlimited powers to be specific, the issue of relevancy came up.  To be clear on the subject; I am a Superman guy through and through.  Always have been.   He’s not just a classic.  He’s woven into the fabric of modern day pop culture.

The key here is the word modern.

It is wholly unnecessary and illogical to argue on the grounds of name recognition; everyone knows who Superman is and the general backstory.   The argument I do find compelling, however, is the one in which the writers of today don’t know what to do with him because he’s just too powerful.  I will admit, in a way, that they’ve backed themselves in a corner in this regard.  To me, the character; not the archetype, but Clark Kent’s actual values, are what makes him more relevant than ever before, current misgivings about renouncing his American citizenship notwithstanding.

Superman is very real to me in the sense that, like everyone else, you can’t separate one’s actions from their values, whatever they may be.

It’s not the powers you possess but it’s what you choose to do with those powers.

True, he could wipe out the pantheon of modern day myths if he wanted but the point here is that he chooses not to.   It would go against the three fold motto of “Truth, Justice, and the American way”.  Superman is like anything else with respect to the organizational hierarchy, by way of human nature, tending to disrupt a very perfect idea.  The writer’s should be blamed, not the character himself.

And, as far as relevancy, in terms of the general history, it’s a timeless tale of a guy brought to Earth by his father and he continually sacrifices himself for a higher good.  We all know that story.

If most of the stories would better focus on these issues, instead of the one’s about typical superheroes, readers would find a relevant hero troubled by issues we all have at some point or another.

Superman cannot be separated from his values as a person, or growing up on a farm in rural America, or finding Truth and Justice where it exists.  He is the ultimate character in comics from this standpoint and many others.

Also, as an aside, I cannot find any more modern a hero that is good in absolutely every way other than Supe’s.

If you can think of one, please let me know.

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