It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… IT’S Superman!

Imagine that Superman died and was forgotten, as if he never existed, just disappeared? I mean, culturally. Not even the darkest of all villains, would pass a day without him. There’d be no tradition to subvert.

 The pure definition (Oxford Dictionary) of a ‘superhero’ is moulded after Superman. ‘A benevolent fictional character with such superhuman powers, such as Superman’. After all, who put the super in Superhero?

Superman’s powers, such as Superhuman Strength, Superhuman Speed, X-ray vision, Superhuman hearing and eidetic memory, just to name a few, could ultimately destroy and possess evil towards humankind, however he chooses differently; to do well and make a difference. His undeniable sense of morality is remarkable.

After his first appearance in 1938, he was admired around the globe. Even in countries where superheroes aren’t as trendy, they are able to recognise Superman as an iconic figure. And so, he is the most widely known superhero in the world.

And now, the obvious point; his costume! Who else could pull off a tight-fitted bodysuit and cape? Only the greatest, if you ask me. After Superman, the most successful superhero in history, sported a symbol on his chest, most other superheroes copied him, such as Batman, Green Lantern and even Captain America.

There would be no such thing as a superhero, a superhero costume, nor a stylised symbol for superheroes were there no Superman. We can debate endlessly about this point, but deep down in our hearts, we all know who the greatest superhero truly is.

4 thoughts on “It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… IT’S Superman!

  1. Hey jovi, i think your post is really good, i love the conversational tone, and how you used that bit about the dictionary meaning. This is a really smart, well-written piece. Great Job!

  2. A punchy post. I particularly enjoyed the opening – imagining a world without Superman is definitely difficult. I also like how you touch on the idea that superhero stories that follow have subverted the tradition of Superman. Your final sentence, too, is powerfully persuasive. (Just don’t confuse “his” and “he’s” – see if you can locate the error. Overall, top work!

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