…Superheroes had taught me that anything was possible. There was nothing more American. I wished China had comic book stores.
Because he was born in Ethiopia and came to us as a stumbling, almost walking baby, I was especially disappointed when my son lost interest in Superman and his cape; he too had been sent as a baby from one world to another. Don’t you see yourself? I wondered.
And then I realized: all my childhood heroes were squarely white. They were so white, they never had just one WASP name, but two: Bruce Wayne, Donald Blake, Clark Kent, Steve Rogers, Reed Richards, Peter Parker . . . My son’s name is Dagim. How could I share my comics with my son and say, “Don’t you want to be like them?”
I often forget our son is adopted…
- Why Christopher Nolan May Be Bad for DC (scifi4me.com)
- Even Superheroes Have Humble Beginnings (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Mystics: the Real-Life Version of a Superhero. ~ Lauri Ann Lumby (elephantjournal.com)
- Film: For Our Consideration: Why is it so hard to make a good Superman movie? (avclub.com)
- The Platonic Superman (keithwaynebrown.com)