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.