Super Heros In American Pop Culture

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Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look… up in the sky… it’s a bird, it’s a plain…it’s …Who is it? Ask anyone born between 1940 to the present to answer that question and they will say it’s Superman! Well…at least, that’s the answer you would have got in the mid 1950’s. Who was this super-man, where did he come from, and, why was he so bent on saving man kind? My mother, a devout christen, would tell me “This superman person sounds like Jesus Christ. I would respond “no way, how can you compare the man of steel with Jesus?” Your right, I don’t know anything about your hero, so tell me, where does he live, where did he come from and who are his parents? I told her that he come from a place far, far away, that his name was not really superman (that was what the people of earth call him) and that he was adopted by a childless couple after being sent to this world by his true father. Mom couldn’t understand how I could not see the similarities between them, for example, Superman, like Jesus possessed powers and capabilities far beyond those of mortal man. Superman, like Jesus, was from another world. Superman, raised by a man (Jonathan Kent) who was not his father, like Jesus, raised by Joseph of Bethlehem. In the latest adaptation, Superman, like Jesus, is willing to sacrifice himself to save the world. Fascinated by the similarities, I started to wonder if there were other fictional icons with similarities of living persons or other historical figures.
I began my research by looking into the origin of another hero from my childhood, Batman, better known today as, The Dark Knight. Unlike Superman, Batman did not have super strength. He is portrayed with world class athletic abilities. He does not possess any other worldly anomalies like becoming invisible or X-Ray vision, he couldn’t even fly, he was just a human beaning, just like the rest of us. The origin of “The Bat-man” begins after a young Bruce Wayne witnesses his parents being gun down by an unknown street thug an impressionable age. He becomes obsessed with avenging the murder of his parents, he focuses his training in science and criminology. After years of study in martial arts and other forms of self-defense, he designs and wares a costume that conceals his identity and “strike fear in the hearts of his foes”. You might say he was a modern day Sherlock Holmes, with a few exceptions. Holmes approach in criminal investigation was science and logic, and he never acted on emotion. Everyone knew who Sherlock Holmes was and where he lived. Batman on the other...

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