Essay

A superhero is a type of stock character, possessing “extraordinary or superhuman powers”, dedicated to protecting the public. Since the debut of the prototypical superhero Superman in 1938, stories of superheroes — ranging from brief episodic adventures to continuing years-long sagas — have dominated comic books and crossed over into other media. The word itself dates to at least 1916.

The above quotation is a brief describe of comic superheroes from wikipedia.org. Indeed, ever since Superman had been created there are more and more superheroes came to our world. Superheroes have been form as humans, mutants, robots, gods, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains. Generally the superhero characters strictly require some sort of superhuman powers. However, exceptions would make to those who perform the similar functions and devoid of such powers and abilities are known as crime fighters. An example of those referred as Batman, iron man and Green Arrow. Such characters were generally has mystery identity and wear some cover and carry special weapon or device to make up their insufficient in the story. Of cause, in order to create a superhero, there must be two conditions: unbelievable bad guy who are difficult to kill and always come back and the useless police.

The reason for why superhero is a worthy talk topic is that it remains a staple of most illustrated serial fiction in American culture, and demonstrable influence on people’s life. There also some traits that superheroes have share. Firstly, Superhero has many powers and abilities; superhuman strength, fly ability, enhanced senses, fast movement and the projection of energy bolts are all common. It’s not difficult to find a list of super power from internet. Others have special weapons or technology, such as Iron Man’s armor suits, Green Lantern’s power ring and Bat man’s equipments. Secondly, they are come with strong moral code the most common one ever is willingness to risk their own life in the service of good without expectation of reward or even a second thought. Refusal to kill bad people is considers another common code. As mention before some of them carry secret identity that protects the superhero’s friends and family from their enemies, such as Clark Kent, although many superheroes have a confidant who could be either normal people or another superhero. In order to achieved that they need distinctive costume. The most important is they all need a number of enemies that he fights against. In general the superhero is in part responsible for the appearance of these super villains. Often superheroes have an archenemy who always more troubling and commonly show than the others. To view whole thing the other way, it show that one can’t be superhero unless there are enough villains. The relationship they have would be referred as demand and supplier.

Superhero play a very important in American comic history without it, there wouldn’t be today’s comic. American comic book start from a small magazine and it take a long travel to reach wherever it is now. However, the super hero theme has been a hot spot all the time. Even though the popularity of the superhero comic once decline after World War II, due to the competition with spread of television and mass-market paperback books. Until the second wave of superhero popularity and mean while the recognition of the comic medium among academics, literary critics and art museums helped solidify comics as a serious form with established traditions and artistic evolution. In recent decade the specialty stores for many superheroes were haven for more distinct stories. Serialized comic has more plots and therefore became longer and more complex, some stories even relate to each other. As a result, it “forces” readers to buy more issues in order to finish a story. In the late 1980s, two famous series Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen that published by DC Comics had a profound impact to the American comic industry. Their popularity, along with mainstream media attention and critical acclaim, combined with changing social tastes. Later due to the growing popularity of antiheroes type such as the Punisher and Wolverine underscored the darker tone of comic. This tendency towards darkness was manifested in DC’s production of heavily promoted comic book stories such as Joker killed Batman’s sidekick Robin.

Besides the story and the art style of the comic, the superhero character would be the culture symbol itself. All superheroes have a story of origin, an awkward high school boy who bitten by a radioactive spider, a daring test pilot that’s bestowed a very powerful ring, an alien from the planet Krypton that crash-lands on Earth and many similar stories. Superman and Bat man are confidants to each other but they have entire different background. Some people may believe that they difference at earthling and alien. However, if Superman is the favourite grow under love and sunlight then Bat man would be the production that result from crime and night. They fight hand in hand for a common goal, while the best partner in the world would never blends just like day and night. Their cooperation tells people how two superheroes with different identities, personality and ability could inclusive each other.

Another character is Lex Luthor a super villain and archenemy for Superman, that play important role in every Superman and JLA relate comic and media. The character first appeared in Action Comics #23, who described as a power-mad whit high intelligence and incredible technological prowess. His goals typically center on killing Superman as a stepping stone to world domination. In the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Lex was re-imagined as a Machiavellian industrialist and white-collar criminal, even briefly serving as President of the United States. In fact Lex Luthor describes himself as “an ordinary man, but with the brain of a super-genius.”As a normal people Lex has incredible power and intelligence to become a threat to Superman and almost kill the super power alien many times. He is not the strongest character in DC comic world but the most impress one for sure.

Avengers-When One Hero Couldn’t Save the World

The Avengers is another fictional team of superheroes, appearing in magazines published by Marvel Comics and labeled as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. The team made its debut in The Avengers #1 at Sept. 1963, and was also created by Stan Lee and the artist Jack Kirby. The series was following the trend of superhero teams after the success of DC Comics’ Justice League. Actually The Avengers could be viewed as the Marvel version of Justice League, which also primarily using existing characters in order to created the team.
The team originally consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and the Hulk. Another major member is Captain America who was trapped in ice and discovered by the team. He joined the group when they revived him and eventually becoming field leader. The team has featured humans, mutants, robots, gods, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains. The most major enemy of Avengers is Captain America’s wartime enemy Baron Zemo, who forms the Masters of Evil as anti-hero team and Kang the Conqueror, Wonder Man, and Count Nefaria. In 1970 the adventures increased in scope as the team cross into an alternate dimension to battle the Squadron Supreme and fight in the Kree-Skrull War, an epic battle between the alien Kree and Skrull races and guest starring the Kree hero Captain Marvel.
In 2005 a new Avengers team briefly formed as the result of a massive jailbreak at The Raft prison facility. This New Avengers include Iron Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Ronin, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Sentry.
This initial series, published every two months through issue #6 during 1964 and monthly later from issue #402 1996. An animated television series, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, premiered on October 2010 and even a film would be released during May 2012.

The Justice League-The Strongest Team Ever

The Justice League is a fictional superhero team published by DC Comics, it appears in comic book and later in relate media. The entire series have remained generally popular since very benginning and in most incarnations, it includes DC’s most popular characters.  Surely, that DC Comics had successfully reintroduced a number of their Golden Age superhero characters during the late 1950s

Back to the beginning of 1960, Justice League first appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28, the originally members included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. As time go by, the team has been expended throughout the years new superhero such as Green Arrow, Atom, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Plastic Man, Red Tornado, other Lanterns, and many other heros.

Other than that, the concept of League has been adapted into various other entertainment media. The Justice League’s early success was indirectly lead to the creation of the Fantastic Four. Once during a round of golf, DC publisher Jack Liebowitz mentioned to Marvel owner Martin Goodman how well their new book was selling. As the result, Goodman told Lee to come up with a team of superheroes for Marvel,which named as Fantastic Four later that day.

Hulk-The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets

The Hulk is another fictional character that published by Marvel Comics, who created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 at May 1962. (Not Hulk Hogan) The idea of Hulk’s creation was inspired by a combination of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein.

The Hulk is cast as the emotional and impulsive alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Bruce Banner. The Hulk appears shortly after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Subsequently, Banner will involuntarily transform into the Hulk, depicted as a giant, raging, humanoid monster, leading to extreme complications in Banner’s life. As the Hulk, Banner is capable of significant feats of strength, the magnitude of which increase in direct proportion to the character’s anger. Strong emotions such as anger, terror and grief are also triggers for forcing Banner’s transformation into the Hulk and make him more and more powerful. A common storyline is the pursuit of both Banner and the Hulk by the U.S. armed forces, because of all the destruction that he causes.

During the experimental detonation of a gamma bomb, scientist Bruce Banner rushes to save a teenager who has driven onto the testing field. As the result Banner himself is caught in the blast and absorbing massive amounts of radiation. He awakens later and seeming relatively unscathed, but that night he transform into a monster later named Hulk and breaks through the wall and escapes.

The original version of the Hulk was often shown as simple and quick to anger. His first transformations were triggered by sundown, and his return to Banner by dawn. However, in Incredible Hulk #4, Banner able to transform at will by using gamma-ray device. As a unusual hero Hulk have fight with almost every character in Marvel world. In his series Hulk’s most common is U.S. arm, who try to catch and do some research on him.

Unlike many other superhero who have very special power and ability the Hulk simply possesses the potential for limitless physical strength depending directly on his emotional state, particularly his anger.After probing, the entity Beyonder once claimed that the Hulk’s potential strength had “no finite element inside.” His durability, regeneration, and endurance also increase in proportion to his temper. Greg Pak described the Hulk shown during World War Hulk as having a level of physical power where “Hulk was stronger than any mortal—and most immortals—who ever walked the Earth.”

In addition Banner has been close to his cousin, Jennifer Walters, who in their adulthoods became the She-Hulk who also a member of Avenger.

Spider Man-A Boy with Spider-sense

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 at August 1962. In the comics, Spider-Man is often referred to as “Spidey”, “web-slinger”, or “wall-crawler”. Spider-Man is one of the most popular and commercially successful superheroes.

In 1962 after the success of the Fantastic Four, Marvel Comics editor Stan Lee was casting about for a new superhero idea. The idea for Spider-Man arose from a surge in teenage demand for comic books, and the desire to create a character with whom teens could identify and similar to them. The character has super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using devices of his “web-shooters”, and react to danger quickly with his “spider-sense”, enabling him to combat his foes. Unlike other teenagers comic character, who usually play as sidekick to the protagonist. Spider Man is a real teenager superhero being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, which is rear seen in American comic back to the age. Peter Parker is a normal high school student who never benefit and learn anything from adult mentors, therefore he had to learn his great responsibility that behind his great power.

The first Spider-Man titled series comic is named The Amazing Spider-Man. Over the years, the Peter Parker character has developed from shy, high school student to troubled but outgoing college student and later a single freelance photographer. As of 2011, he is additionally a member of the Avengers the Marvel’s flagship superhero teams.

Batman-The dark knight of Gotham City

Batman is another most famous fictional character created by the artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. A comic book superhero, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27, and later appeared primarily in publications by DC Comics. The Batman also known as “The Caped Crusader”, “The Dark Knight”. Both superheros are confidant and friend while referred as light and dark.

Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire. Who pretend as playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. The young Wayne had witnessed the murder of his parents as a child. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman have been assisted by various supporting characters including his partner such as Robin, Alfred Pennyworth and occasionally the heroine Batgirl. Unlike most of the superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers. His “superpower” is intellect, detective skills, science and technology that aid to his continuous war on crime and make him super enough.

Also at the very beginning Batman also introduce as a dark hero or a anti-hero, nut this is another reason for why he is so famous. (Batman is not an Anti-hero) As the matter of fact, Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction.

Superman-The World Famous Superhero

Superman also known as man of steel, last son of Krypton, whatever people call him, his is the most famous comic hero ever. In stead of a comic character, superman is part of american culture and the world “superman” are very frequently used.

Superman was born on the Krypton and originally named Kal-El, he being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, before Krypton’s destruction. Also in later story that we learn superman has a cousin Kara (Zor-El). Superhero adopted by a Kansas farmer couple, the raised as Clark Kent. In the later days Superman has been fighting with many bad guys in order to save people and create his own legend.

Superman created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 and first appeared in Action Comics #1. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and the character has a long history.

By 1943, Don Cameron and Alvin Schwartz joined the writing team, Schwartz teaming up with Wayne Boring to work on the Superman comic strip, which had been launched as a daily newspaper comic strip which began on January 16, 1939.

Superman was relaunched by John Byrne, initially in the limited series The Man of Steel in year 1986. A second volume of Superman was launched in 1987, running until cancellation in 2006. After this cancellation, The Adventures of Superman reverted to the Superman title. Up to now the influence of Superman has already extend to the media, games and other stuff.

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