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Critical Analysis #1 ENG2118B Faculty of Arts University of Ottawa 1
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A Revolution in the Entertainment Industry Superheroes are very popular in modern times, there are lots of films, comics, and merchandise to be sold. However, the classic superheroes seem to be becoming less popular, this includes heroes such as the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and even the first famous superhero; Superman. In the late 1930s, after the creation of Action Comics #1, Superman became popular almost instantaneously. There is many reasons for this recognition, but the most important is that the Superman comic allowed the reader to dissociate from the realities left behind by the Great Depression through the relatable nature of the character that Superman is. Through pages 9 & 10, Siegel and Shuster have created a character in which the reader can relate to, while also not being able to relate to in the span of a few panels. In these pages, there is an underlying message that, even through the Depression, people can still find happiness. In page 9 of Action Comics #1, if we read the comic linearly, we see Superman in action, saving the day. Superman is able to free Lois from Butch and his henchmen, we then see Lois’ fascination with Superman on the very next page. In page 10, we see Clark Kent getting rejected by Lois, once again, after he submitted to Butch’s requests a few pages back. Kent and Superman are polar opposites. Superman is very heroic, strong, and brave, he is everything that most people desire to be. Clark Kent on the other hand, is weak, quiet, submissive and just plain wimpy.
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