The naked hero and model man: costumed identity in comic book narratives
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- Publisher: McFarland and Company Ltd
After the release of the film Superman Returns (2006), it was suggested
that " It was inevitable .. . that after 9/11 America's greatest superhero would
come back to protect the threatened city of Metropolis" (French 2006, 15).
In a time of need, a vulnerable populace, even an entire nation, could feel
shel tered by the power of Superman. This has held true since Superman's very
first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938, but what has also always been
clear is that domestic security is as important to Superman as national security.
Superman's second-ever heroic adventure is not saving the world but
sav ing the life of a victim of domestic violence threatened by a knife-wielding
husband. Since the moment of his creation, therefore, this hero of heroes
has defended the idea of the home as a place of refuge from violence.