A superhero can be described as someone who fights crime and seeks justice in his or her world. They can also be viewed as a social activist whose job it is to fight crooked businessmen and politicians. They are often outfitted in disguise when they are using their special powers and abilities and live a life of normalcy under an assumed name to keep their super hero identity a secret. Often the superhero is created by some outside force giving them their super human abilities. Spiderman was bitten by a spider hence his spider like qualities and senses. The fantastic four were exposed to radiation altering their genetic composition in various ways – ability to stretch, become invisible, turn to stone (this of course was a permanent change making way for The Thing) to name a few. The one exception I can recall is Ironman who does not possess his own super human powers. He actually created his own superhero being through his knowledge as an industrialist and military inventor of a suit of armor.
Super heroes are fictional characters. They should not be confused with a vigilante, a volunteer member of a committee whose goal it is to suppress and punish crime when they deem necessary if they sense our established body of government has done an inadequate job. Nor are they to be compared with an actual hero who has displayed an act of self-sacrifice or other great achievements for the benefit of another.
Superheros have been a fascination of many since 1938 with the inception of comic books. They have since grown to play a major role in the motion picture industry with block buster hits such as Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Ironman and their sequels just to name a few. The classic good versus evil story can be dated as far back as Cain and Able in the Bible and beyond. I believe we were all created with a sense of right and wrong from our inception by our Creator. As we are created in His image seeking goodness in this world and knowing that something greater than ourselves exists and will ultimately destroy all evil in the end of times. As confirmed in Romans 12:19
Superheros also allow us an opportunity to live vicariously through their genuine acts of goodness and their sense of justice. In the same way a sitcom showing family mishaps offers us a sense of justification in our own dysfunctional lives. Just as misery loves company we want to know that we are not alone in our struggles and are also comforted by the knowledge that others have it worse than we do. We seek a sense of belonging and strive to carve our own identity in the process.
Mostly, it is fun and entertaining to read a comic book! The simplistic style of writing and visual layout makes comics an obvious choice for any reading level. The unique graphic styles of artwork are awesome. The artwork for comics are often a collectible item independent of the comic book depending on the artist.
Note: Marvel Characters, Inc. and DC Comics share ownership of the United States trademark for the phrases “Super Hero” and “Super Heroes” and these two companies own a majority of the world’s most famous and influential superheroes.