Superinstitutional Heros

I’ve never been a comic book guy or into heroes or superheroes. In fact, I have always had a thing for the underdog. This article points out The Batman’s Privilege Problem. I’ve skimmed a few comic books and graphic novels, and I’ve seen a few movies, but I am not really steeped in this space to speak to the nuance—and there is probably a difference between comics and graphic novels, but like I said: not inters. I just don’t identify with most of it. Not the violence. Not the Truth, Justice, and the American way of legacy Superman. But I do sense a privilege problem. Defenders of the status quo. I wonder if comic book aficionados tend to be more politically Conservative.

A quick Google search, and I’m mostly correct. Evidently, Marvel authors trend toward the Right. This article ranks some figures Conservative, Centrist, and Left, although the Left feel more Liberal than Left, and they are all constitutionalists. Apparently, X-Men were born of the Civil Rights movement in America in the 1960s. Still not my bag. Where are the Anarchists? At this rate, I’d settle for a Marxist.

One last mention: this piece points out that even where there are prominent social justice issues raised in one or another comic, the subtext (or overarching meta) is Conservative. This likely creates tension in a manner of speaking, but it creates dissonance for me.

I don’t have much more to add, but the article caught my fancy. It resonated for me, and having not posted for a while, I figured what the hell.

2 thoughts on “Superinstitutional Heros

    1. You’d be surprised. Many people fighting for the rights of millionaires are dirt poor, but they’ve been conditioned. The point, though, is about the character of Batman rather than the creator. As Derrida said, « Il n’y a pas de hors-texte. »

      As to the creator, a possible narrative might be a csped crusader fighting for the underdog, but he is still aligned to the status quo. He is not trying to break the system. Rather, he is trying to clean it. It’s a good city, if only we get rid of the dirt.

      I just read the Wiki pages for the primary creators/writers. Sad commentary.

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