Are Superheroes Good Role Models?

A brief, but interesting article on superhero comics and the messages they send to their young readers.…

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 Kathleen Jarman

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David Ball
September 19, 2010

Joss Whedon’s retort to all of this silliness, in musical form: A. Maze. Ing.

September 19, 2010

There’s a key difference between superhero and supervillain. Superheroes, by and large, work to help the community. There are several examples in mainstream comics of superheros like Superman or Tony Stark using their abilities to help others. Supervillains, however, are focused on themselves, be it money or a twisted ideology. Examples: Magneto and Poison Ivy (ideology) and Kingpin and Penguin (money, power, etc.).

In short: Heroes work for the people, the common good. Villains work for their own selfish desires. Isn’t this a GOOD message to send to kids? “Helping people is good”?

Heaven forbid that the person who conducted the study reads Wanted. She would probably blow a gasket.