- Posted by Johanna on November 29, 2007 at 7:21 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Steve Bennett, a graphic novel retailer with a regular column at ICv2, says in the latest installment:
It’s recently occurred to me the reason I’ve spent so many of these columns ruminating over the nature of superheroes is because I’ve reached the summing up portion of my life and have begun to wonder whether “they” weren’t right all along — that superheroes really are just for kids and arrested development cases with father issues (a category in which I myself am most profoundly damaged). Was I kidding myself all this time that superheroes had some kind of greater “meaning” to them or, as Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith would be happy to tell me, have I just been wasting my life?
Of course, he goes on to say “no”, as anyone who rhetorically asks that question does. (Those of us who might feel otherwise, who might hope that those who read comics someday sample the full medium instead of staying stuck to only one, know better than to raise the point, for fear of vengeful attacks from those who have never internalized the message of their heroes to use their powers only for good. Reminds me of my late grandpa, who bought a satellite dish at the time they were the size a person could stretch out in just so he could watch only Westerns on what was then CBN.) He credits the book Our Gods Wear Spandex for reassuring him through the idea that “superheroes are essentially pagan gods redressed for modern times.”
I don’t know that I’d trumpet that too loud, for fear of being accused of idolatry by the fundies, but I’m more curious to read the book now. Other interesting thoughts conclude the column.