Blog 3: Culture and Heroes
Heroes have been around for centuries and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders. Some may think when approaching Super Heroes from comic books that most are Caucasian males, and this may be true to an extent, but there are more than just those heroes. Every culture has heroes that they look up to, whether they are fictional or not. These heroes represent the people who create them, whether it is one person or an entire culture. Heroes are representative of the belief in good that those people have. If a person were to go to India, the heroes will be representative of Indian culture. They will more than likely be Indian and be capable of blending in to that culture. The same is likely to happen in Japan, or China or any other country or culture someone was to visit. The creation of fictional heroes is a realization of the creator’s ideals of what a truly good, moral, and just individual should look and act like. So if people were to go around and say the creators of super heroes in comics are racist or sexist, maybe they should take into consideration where the creators are getting their inspiration from; maybe they are creating characters based on their real life heroes such as their fathers. Batman, an extremely popular and well known super hero, was inspired by Sherlock Holmes, Zorro and Leonardo Da Vinci. The creation of Superman was influenced by Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd, Clark Gable, and Kent Taylor, “Clark Kent.” All of these inspirations for both super heroes were very big and well known in the United States during the time these characters were created. So it goes to show that people pull inspiration from around them to create what they believe will epitomize their ideals of what a hero should be.