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Subj: Re: Superman, the sole survivor of Krypton...
Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 at 08:12:38 am EDT (Viewed 158 times)
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Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 at 11:26:09 am EDT (Viewed 198 times)

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...except for his cousin, his dog, and a thousand Kandorians.

Anyone else remember when the Last Son of Krypton was unique, during the 1940s and again in the mid 80s?

It's sad that DC has such a pathological need (with the approval of so many fans) to strip the uniqueness right out of their characters.

Well. . .I can't say that I remember the 1940s - ;\-\) - but I hear what you're saying.

Traditionally, a hero is someone who had to make a significant sacrifice in order to achieve his (or her) goal. Now, in 2009, we have a Superman who:

1. Has both of his adoptive parents alive.
2. Is married. \(\!\)
3. Can communicate with his birth parents--or what's left of them (unless this has been somehow retconned).
4. Has 100,000 of his own kind on a very nearby planet.
5. Has a cousin.
6. Has a dog \(\!\) from his own planet.

Where's the sacrifice?

Some people may say that he has to sacrifice his home life with Lois, he risks his life, etc. For someone like Superman, though, these aren't sacrifices: they're inconveniences.

Without having to give up something that he desperately wants to have, he's just a really nice guy who does really good things, like a super-powered Boy Scout.

My two cents.

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