Yes, it’s Superman! That is a part of the American lexicon as anything any linguist can tell. you.
Why would I post this trailer about a PBS Superheroes telecast on my World History blog? Well, if you have the opportunity to view the program, you may come to this realization. Our imagination created these ‘heroes’ from our experiences and the aspirations we have for our society. Our fears become cloaked as villains, and our better angels assume “mild-mannered” alter egos.
How far removed would Homer, Shakespeare, and Mallory be, in our times, from those great comic book authors and illustrators we’ve come to admire? Is there not space for Stan Lee in the same sentence containing Homer? Are the tales of Odysseus, Hector, Arthur, and Hamlet not born of the human condition that breaths life into the Green Lantern, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Superman?
Superman is the single most influential comic book hero in my life. He is born from the minds and hearts of two young persons living in a very-real world with a rising Nazi threat. From the expanding shadow of darkness in the 1930s comes hope for all that is good in Man. For The United States, what better example than from an immigrant (alien) who left everything behind to adopt and defend the ideals espoused by our Founding Fathers. This is a ‘true’ American tale.
Why don’t we all watch this program and dream of things Not as they are, but as they OUGHT to be.