Suprheroes by naleeya



Television in the 1950s gave us the image of a muscle-bound superman
standing in front of the American flag, committed to “truth, justice and
the American way.” In the late Depression, these comic-book superheroes
reinvented and replaced strong men of earlier American folklore.
Superman, Batman and Wonderwoman shared not only extraordinary strengths
and talents but also compelling traits like mysterious origins and
disrupted families, a secret identity concealed by an ordinary position
within a complex city (usually resembling New York City, NY), a patriotic
devotion to country and justice that overrode the “letter of the law,”
and powerful demonic antagonists who mingled science and magic in bizarre
plots. After going to war, these superheroes spread into television and
cinema; after the mid-1950s, surviving early figures were joined by ever-
wider legions who slowly incorporated more minorities and real-life
social problems—drugs, racism, sexuality—into this mythic world. While
television’s Batman became camp in the 1970s, elaborate Hollywood
productions of Superman and Batman in the 1980s and 1990s, which also
grapple with the heroes’ humanity, have adapted these figures to changing
social mores. The success of 2000’s X-Men shows that superheroes still
have American—and global—appeal.

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