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Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive—Superman is undeniably a symbol of power. What’s more, he fights for truth, justice and the American way; he’s an icon of power used for good, power handled responsibly. It may be Spi-der-Man who actually said, “With great power comes great responsibility,” but The Big Blue Boy Scout was living it twenty years before Spidey spun his first web.
Superman has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men; he can make himself ruler of the world, take anything he wants or kill anyone who gets in his way—but he doesn’t. He’s a good guy, the ultimate good guy, because he apparently isn’t even tempted to abuse his powers. He’s wholesome and noble and selfless. His foster parents raised him that way, and he’s true to his upbringing.
It’s long been recognized that this is part of what makes him boring sometimes, or at least hard to write good stories about; he’s too powerful, too perfect. No menace can really endanger him—he’s invulnerable. His moral choices are never really difficult; the Kents gave him so strong a sense of right and wrong that there’s not much room for self-doubt. DC’s editorial powers have more than once tried to make things easier for their scripters by cutting him back to a more human scale, but it never really sticks, because he’s Superman. If he isn’t power incarnate and a moral paragon, he’s not the same iconic character.
What makes …
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