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Subj: Re: I respectfully disagree
Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 at 06:22:24 pm EDT (Viewed 103 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I respectfully disagree
Posted: Mon May 25, 2009 at 02:45:55 pm EDT (Viewed 142 times)

    If we're talking about the moral structure of the superhero genre...well, personally I find both traditional Silver Age superheroes and the modern stuff as celebrations of might making right, just that the modern stuff actually shows how unsavory using violence can be ( on either side ), whereas the traditional superhero is capable of just leaving it at knocking out the bad guy with a punch to the face, putting them in jail, and putting the flag back on top of the capital.

I would desccribe the Silver Age (and the Golden Age, and most of the Bronze Age) as celebrating "right makes might," rather than the reverse. The good guys were always outgunned yet always won, because their hearts were true, even if they had, as Stan Lee liked to say, "feet of clay."

My sense of United States culture back then is that its bedrock faith was right makes might. This is the bedrock faith of the Old Testament, also, and of the final book of the New Testament. No surprise, then, that when Jewish creators offered super-heroes to a United States audience, the result was sheer magic. Both the seller and the buyer believed the same thing in their souls: right makes might.

Modern comics have lost that faith, because their audience lost it first. I think the bedrock faith of many Americans today is this: "the bad guys rule the world." And so we get comics that reflect what we believe.

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