“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.