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Guest Post: Author James Mascia

Why Superheroes are Popular
James Mascia

Superheroes have been around since the beginning of civilized society, the Greeks had
tales of their gods, and heroes such as Hercules and Achilles. The Romans had Jason and Aeneas, Northern Europe had Thor and Beowulf. The one thing all of these characters had in common is they are more than human, usually in strength or cunning. In that sense, they are not at all dissimilar to today’s modern day versions of the superhero. Superheroes have been around for thousands of years, and they show no sign of disappearing.

Why do we continue creating stories, comic books, and movies about these great heroes today? Is it because they are great tales of the human condition? Or is it as comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, once said, “When men are growing up and reading about Batman, Spiderman, and Superman, these are not fantasies, these are options?” In a way, I believe Seinfeld may be correct. There aren’t many people out there that don’t aspire to be something…