What makes superman so darned American
Gary Engle says that superman is a great American hero. He compares him to another one of his personal heroes when he was younger
THE ONLY TWO AMERICANS WHO NEVER STARTED ANYTHING, WHO ALWAYS FOUGHT ONLY TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS AND THE AMERICAN WAY." The core of the American myth in superman
An orphan taken in by the Kents
Raised in a middle class ethic home
Protects metropolis, Earth, then the universe
Has a love triangle
Clark, louis, Superman
Do you think that it is possible for superman to be as popular if he wasn't a immigrant/ orphan?
Gary says, " From this nations beginnings Americans have looked for ways of coming to terms with the immigrant experience."
Is superman on of those ways to coop?
Great American heroes
have always been on the move
..the fact that superman can fly at will fits this perfectly. HE FITS THE AMERICAN DREAM PERFECTLY
But without Clark Kent superman would not be
Superman uses clark to express his views on the human race
Where he is strong we are weak, superman Is mobile we are not. SAYS WHILE WESTERNS WHERE A GOOD WAY TO DEPICT LIFE IN THE 19TH CENTURY IT HAS NO RELEVANCE IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND THAT IS ANOTHER REASON SUPERMAN TAKES OVER
As you know, l'm quite keen on comic books. Especially the ones about superheroes. I find the whole mythology surrounding superheroes fascinating. Take my favorite superhero, Superman. Not a great comic book. Not particularly well-drawn. But the mythology... The mythology is not only great, it's unique. Now, a staple of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When that character wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic Superman stands alone. Superman didn't become Superman....
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