Is Superman close to retirement with white hair?

avril 19, 2022169964 min

He is DC’s greatest hero, Superman, though, and he is traditionally seen as an overpowered boy scout, but this image is a direct result of censorship.

It is true that the character of Superman is considered by many to be the first DC Comics character, over the years this crown has begun to migrate to the hooded head of Batman. A number of comic book fans consider Superman outdated, too old compared to the Dark Knight. The Man of Steel is often crippled and tied to an era in comics that may or may not have had a permanent negative impact on his character.

The Silver Age of comics was known for its silliness and stupidity, at least among DC characters. In particular, he turned Superman into an overpowered character, a criticism he never shook off. Given that this era is despised for other characters, why is Superman still so tied to the Silver Age?

The Golden Age of comics ended with the publication of Fredric Wertham’s conspiratorial tome, Seduction of the Innocent. In it, he claimed that comic books, especially superhero comics, were the cause of American delinquency, as well as a number of other moral problems affecting youth. Many publishers of superhero comics collapsed, the few laggards being DC Comics and Timely Comics, the latter later becoming Marvel Comics. At DC, the trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman (the few characters still published) all undergo radical changes. Batman and Wonder Woman were given new characters and concepts to combat accusations of homosexual undertones in their books. Batman also went from a dark and sinister crime fighter to a campy and laughable hero, resulting in an era largely despised by purists.

Superman wasn’t immune to change either, and he was ripped from his original Golden Age premise faster than a speeding bullet. During the Golden Age, Superman was pitted against corrupt politicians, warmongers and the like, his adventures emblematic of the pulp era of the time. In fact, his stories were typically darker and more negative in mood than those of Batman, who had already started down the camp avenue with the introduction of Robin. He also didn’t care much for violent action, with his exploits often resulting in the killing of helpless henchmen. This is why the criticism of his killing General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is incredibly interesting.

Aviva Smadja

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