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Why I’m Not Really Into Superhero Comics

In Comics/Superheroes on September 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

The following is a fairly verbatim conversation I had Saturday with a nerdtastic friend of mine.  We don’t hang out often, but whenever we do it’s usually for an awesome reason like shopping for the 10th Doctor’s suit or talking about the physics of space travel.

Superhero, Superman is FTK, RUDM, rutgers dance marathonMe:  I got into comic books this summer.

Friend: Marvel or DC?

Me:  I’m not really into superheroes.

Friend (eyeing my t-shirt): You’re wearing a Superman shirt.

Me:  Yeah, but I don’t read Marvel.

Friend: Superman is DC.

Me (chuckling):  Like I said.

Don’t let me fool you.  I love Superman – or at least the idea of him.  Superman media is full of complex imagery, making him one of the most interesting superheroes out there. Aside from Biblical allegories, Superman also contains elements of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Ubermensch,” which I first read about in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  It’s fascinating stuff!

To see an insightful reflection on 2013’s Man of Steel by Catholic apologist Fr. Barron, click here.  He discusses the movie’s theme of personal autonomy vs. state control, and he discusses the idea of Ubermensch at length.

But I don’t read superhero comics.  To read Superman is to understand the back story of Superman – all 70+ years of it.  Nerdy guys, in unassuming curiosity, will (and have) asked me which Multiverse Superman is my favorite.

Do I need a favorite?  Maybe my fondness for Superman comes from the Smallville TV series because I have a crush on Tom Welling.  Maybe I just like Clark Kent because he’s a reporter.  Either way, now I’m nervous about having to justify my interest in a fictional character, and I just don’t have time to read his biographies on the Superman Wiki.

While I love Clark Kent, for now I’ll stick to reading stories I don’t feel compelled to research in order to discuss.

What’s your favorite superhero?  DC or Marvel … or Image?  Do you have a favorite comic series?  Tell me all about it!

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