would suck the biggest donkey weiners.

(and snip the rest of it)

I strongly disagree. The thing is, there’s already plenty of people in the world who have more power than The Little Guy. And…

With a lot of “realistic” versions of superheroes, I see the statement, “If superheroes existed in the real world, they would be ______.” They would be political extremists, or enormous douchebags, or lazy assholes.

But the thing is,you know who superheroes are? People. And not all people are political extremists, or enormous douchebags, or lazy assholes.

There are plenty of people out there who’d use superpowers for their own selfish purposes. And there are plenty of people out there who would use it to truly better the world. And not just by having knock-down drag-out battles, but by saving those in trouble, by lending their increased strength to work that sorely needs to be done, by using their parents’ fortunes or the proceeds from the patents from their rocket armor to set up charities and rebuild devastated areas and just plain help.

People are people, whether they have superpowers or not.

I’ve never felt that way, partially, I suspect, because I’ve always been more of a Marvel reader than a DC reader. The idea of superheroes being a godlike class “above” ordinary people is an incredibly DC way of looking at things (and it didn’t really become codified until that Alan Moore issue of Swamp Thing with the Justice League, I think, but DC’s general approach is a lot better suited to that). Superheroes interacting with ordinary people and dealing with ordinary human problems, restrictions and annoyances was a key component of Marvel from the very beginning. They came from a wide variety of social classes. Even the Fantastic Four, who rubbed shoulders with gods and aliens, got forclosed once. This was especially the case in Jack Kirby’s comics—in the later FF issues, characters like Wyatt Wingfoot were just as important to the team as its actual superhuman members, and people like Dan Turpin and the guys Orion recruited to fight Intergang played a key role in New Gods. I think that’s a much more interesting “realistic” approach to superheroes, though it’s little practiced nowadays, abandoned by even Marvel itself. In contemporary Marvel comics, non-super supporting casts have largely vanished and superheroes tend to be a hermetically-sealed class of their own. But that’s certainly not the only way of doing things, or the most realistic. (If nothing else we’d have new heroes emerging every so often from unexpected places to shake things up, something that’s also absent from most of the Big Two comics today, which tend to put a superficially new sheen on old ideas instead).



A little under a year ago, DC announced that Barbara Gordon would be returning to the Batgirl role.

In the time since then, many, many people have written eloquent and convincing posts about why this decision was a bad one. This article by Jill Pantozzi is one of the very best.

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