16 June 2010

History of two Legends!

Batman, is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics # 27 in May 1939. He has since become, along with Superman and Spider-Man, one of the world's most recognized superheroes. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of both his parents as a child leads him to train himself into an unstoppable force, don a costume, and fight crime. Batman isn't like most superheroes, he doesn't posses superhuman powers or abilities; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, technology and physical prowess in his war of crime.
Superman, made his first appearance on an American audience in the year 1938 in Action Comics during the bitter and unforgiving days of the Depression. Superman was faster than a speeding bullet! He was also able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Superman was intended to fight greed, crime, abuse and injustice. Superman was also known as the average man Clark Kent. Superman was an exemplary citizen who, under his disguise, was a reporter for the Daily Planet.
It seems heroes have been an important part of American history. They gave adults and especially young children something to strive for and believe in. Along with the real heroes in our everyday lives such as soldiers, parents or even the president, we also find imaginary heroes. Imaginary heroes are found in comic books, books, or movies. Two of the most Imaginary heroes of our time are Superman and Batman.
When I first think of Batman and Superman, I identify what they both have in common. The most obvious attribute that they share is a double existence. They are apart from the common horde of humanity, special ways that the rest of humankind can only dream of, and illustrate the importance of a mythic presence. Superman is specifically, programmatically, and famously engaged in preserving the truth, justice and the American way. I truly stand by him for the characteristics that he shows. I also love how Batman puts himself well within the scheme or ordinary human experience. They stand for something while they extend themselves to fight crime and arch-villains. They both to me are, great COMIC BOOK LEGENDS!!!!

2 comments:

  1. great post josh! you seem more excited about this one than with the last ;) and you do well what i always lack: have an opinion! :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is one of those interesting things about analyzing an early version of something that's so ingrained into our society's psyche that are responses to them are practically programmed.

    What I mean to say is that your blog is more a summary of what you already know about Batman and Superman than it is a summary of the comics themselves :-) For example, did you catch that there's no mention of Batman's parents in that comic, or any reason for him to be a vigilante for that reason?

    Don't worry. This is a common response ;-)

    ReplyDelete