November 1, 2011: Elliot S! Maggin on Clark Kent vs Superman

Clark Kent/Superman Forbes.com has published an essay by Elliot S! Maggin, writer of many Superman comic book stories and the author of the "Last Son of Krypton" and "Miracle Monday" novels, on just who is the real persona - Superman or Clark Kent. Here's an excerpt from the article...

    The hero must be the character's best self. When Odysseus appeared at home disguised as a beggar the big resolution was that he was "really" Odysseus. When young Arthur yanked the sword from the stone what that revealed, even to himself, was that he was the king and always had been. When the prince of Egypt, for just his own sense of rage and righteousness, killed a taskmaster and was banished for taking the side of the slaves, only then did his real origin become clear to those around him. In every classical setting the hero first arrives in disguise and Superman is, at the very least, our own age's quintessential classical hero.

Read the complete essay at Forbes.com.



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