Super human like you

I´ve always loved the superhero comics. As a kid i read Batman, if fact i still do. The caped crusader with his gothic home town really made me wonder away into a fantasy world. I tied a towel around my neck and jumped down the stairs so it would flap in the wind. The love for comics followed me as i grew older. Slowly i started to read the more adult orientated titles in the DC universe. Like Sandman, Preacher among others that were released on DC Vertigo.
But it wasn´t really superhero comics i was used to. Then i got a hold of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen and everything changed.
All of a sudden the world of Super heroes was real. The people behind the masks were real people with real problems. Watchmen was the kick off for this kind of comics. In 1994 Marvel released the mini series Marvels. Written by Kurt Busiek and painted by Alex Ross. Here we behold the birth of super heroes through the eye of a photographer. Busiek returned a year later with his own concept “Astro City” on Image comics. In “Life in the city” We get to follow, among others, the Superman character of Astro citys universe The Samaritan. During night he dreams of flying. Without obligations like saving the world or rescuing people from burning buildings.

The superhero comics has grown up. Most likely because the audience or comic geeks, has grown up. I believe that without these ground breaking comics today’s big comic book movies would not be possible. Even if the movies are more like the comics were before it is starting to change. They are getting there. The reboot of Batman as an example of an more dark and realistic super hero take.

I recently got my eyes on Swedish artist Andreas Englund amazing oil paintings of an ageing super hero. This really is the finest mix of classic art and pop culture. I just love it!
After all if the meta humans got the same problems as you. They become a bit more for real…


Depressed Superheroes

The alter egos of, for example, Bruce Wayne, David Banner and Peter Parker resulted in 3 fantastic superheroes with the back stories behind the characters making them so iconic.  Wayne is driven by a dark need for vengeance following the murder of his parents and seeks to take revenge on the criminals of Gotham City;  Parker is an orphan and dealing with growing adolescence and the loneliness and rejection that many teenagers face; Banner is Jekyll & Hyde reborn as he struggles to deal with his rage and emotional anger.  They, and many of the other brilliant characters in the genre, work because I feel that they allow us to look inside ourselves and to reflect that light and shade that all of us deal with at some point in our lives.  Who has never felt anger, resentment, loneliness or a need for revenge ?  Of course when we think of their alter egos clear pictures will pop into our minds of Batman, Spiderman and the Hulk as the characters have been brilliantly drawn, filmed and recreated over the years.  I was struck therefore when I recently came across an inversion of the art with a series of pictures of “depressed superhereos” produced by the artist Lora Zombie.  I really liked the  idea that after a hard days (or nights) work being a super they might need to hang up the cape and slump down.