For my critical paper I would like to focus on Superman. He is the only superhero that was truly born a hero. I would like to focus on his alter ego, Clark Kent, and how he represents Superman’s view on humanity. Clark Kent is a representative for normal life, whereas Superman represents human potential. Clark Kent is Superman’s alter ego, Superman being the dominant figure. I would like to look deeper into his origin story and his early comics and compare them to another superhero who is first their alter ego, then their superhero self, such as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The argument I would like to make is that Superman does not need the Clark Kent cover. He is a superhero outright, where as Peter Parker is a boy who is then changed into a superhero, therefore the dual identity is necessary.
Siegel, Jerry and Joe Shuster. The Superman Chronicles. New York: DC Comics, 2013. Print.
-This book of the first Superman comics is helpful both for background on Superman, as well as for evidence as to why I believe that Superman’s dual identity is unnecessary. I want to use a few comics from this book that show the issues of Superman’s dual identities with his relationships with others.
Lee, Stan and Steve Ditko. Amazing Fantasy #15. Web.
-This comic is necessary for discussing Spider-Man’s origin. This will help set up my argument that Peter Parker is a necessary cover for Spider-Man.
Seigel, Jerry and Joe Shuster. Superman #53. Web.
-This is Superman’s origin story. This is crucial for setting up my whole argument. This story will help me show that because Superman is from another planet, he doesn’t necessarily need to cover for himself.