AN ODE TO SUPER HEROES
A Super Hero is a type of stock character possessing “extraordinary or superhuman powers” and dedicated to protecting the public. Since the debut of the prototypical superhero Superman in 1938, stories of Super Heroes
—ranging from brief episodic adventures to continuing year-long sagas, have long dominated American comic books and crossed over into other media. The word Superheroes itself dates to at least 1917.
A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine . “Super-heroes” is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Superheroes are authentically American, spawning from The Great Depression era.
By most definitions, characters do not strictly require actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes, although terms such as costumed crime fighters , are sometimes used to refer to those such as Batman and Green Arrow , without such powers who share other common superhero traits. Such characters were generally referred to as “Mystery Men” in the so-called ” Golden Age of Comic Books ” to distinguish them from characters with super-powers.
Normally, superheroes use their powers to police day-to-day crime while also combating threats against humanity by Super Villains, who as their name implies are criminals of “unprecedented powers” in the same way that superheroes are crime fighters with “unprecedented powers” though just as with superheroes they do not necessarily need genuine superpowers.
Generally, at least one of these Super Villains will be the superhero’s archenemy, though several popular and long-running series, such as Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, each have a rogues gallery of archenemies. Superheroes sometimes will combat irregular threats that also match their powers, such as aliens, magical entities, godlike or demon-like creatures, and so forth.
Our fascination with Super Heroes has long thrived since their emergence , spanning from Comic Books to T.V , and cinema . What captivates us about Super Heroes is the fact that they are all inherent of some Demi-God like quality , such as : Immortality , Super- Human strength , whereas : they are deemed Indestructible . However, even Super Heroes all have their Achilles Heel, and all of them have their Nemesis, and all are at some point ‘Destructible ‘ and susceptible to a mortal death or destruction . Yes, even Super Heroes encounter death.
However , we all prefer to believe that our Super Heroes are Immortal / Indestructible, for in a sense – we choose to see an infinitesimal part of ourselves exemplified through them . We all have our preferred Super Hero / Heroine which we look up to and identify with , we all yearn to possess some type of super human ability by which to be able to go out there and rid the world ( society ) of the evils it is plagued by , and since we do not possess such super human abilities , we all look to our Super Heroes /Heroines to Save the Day.
The ancient Greeks believed that we all had a God residing within us and something very similar is referred to in the New Testament “ Ye are all Gods “, and despite the fact that we may all live on earth, many of us recognize that we are of much higher descent ! When confronted with adversity , we come to discover that we are all inherent of some type of Super Human Strength ( ability ) which we were not aware of before . We can all be Heroes , just for one day .
Below are Illustrations of some of our favorite and beloved Super Heroes, rendered by several great new up & coming artists in the field of Comic Art Illustration. You may click on any of the images to be taken to the artists profile and view the rest of their work. Enjoy the collection of Super heroes in Action !
The Fine Art of Comic Illustration
Digital Art : Creating Superheroes
Catwoman & Batman | Nemesis
Ghost | X-Men
Wolverine | X-Men
Phoenix | X-Men
Storm | X-Men
X- Men team
Justice League | Team America
Superhero | R.I.P. Superman
IT’S NOT EASY BEING ME
Ode to Superman
Superman sits alone
His head in his hands -
“The world’s slipping away…
Through my fingers like sand.
Always a crime being committed,
I’m stopping all that I can stop.
Sure, I can go fast, but…
I’m already giving all I’ve got.
And what about the children,
All the homeless on the street?
The people with nowhere to go,
And not enough food to eat?
And wars are being fought…
Million’s of miles away;
Too many lives being lost
Every single day…”
Superman sits alone
A tear falling from his eye -
“Nothing’s getting better,
No matter how hard I try.
This world is getting so heavy;
I… I can only do so much…”
And sometimes, even Superman
Can’t do enough.