- Mar 4, 2018
Oh yeah, don't worry-- I didn't mean that in a hostile way. It's just that superheroes as an idea were an expression of a really quite radical hope that's been rehashed and recontextualized to the point of meaninglessness. If I were better about my terminology, I could say something eloquent about how it's emblematic of capital subsuming much radical thought into the spectacle-- but I'm not, so I'm probably butchering whatever point I'm trying to get across.Oh yes, Golden Age superheroes were occasionally pro-labor and outwardly humanitarian but once people got "politics out of comics" they became allegories for sustaining the status quo at all costs. I was referring to mostly modern superheroes because that's where most of my experience with them lies.
Still, with regards to that image above, I guess we'd be a pile of 1940's superheroes.