This question has been asked to me countless times since I have been part of the comic book community. Why is Superman your favourite character? There are so many other “cooler”, “more relatable”, “more interesting” characters to choose from. Why would you like “Captain every-power”? The short answer for me is inspiration.
Superman is not about punching the world’s problems away or using his heat vision to burn away the bad guys. He maintains his Clark Kent identity and became a reporter to be able to be a normal person, because while he inspires others to become better people, people inspire him as to the capacity of humanity. In the best Superman stories, he may be smashing aliens, monsters or robots controlled by a despot, but the point of the story often becomes about showing the people how to overcome their own problems.
Like many kids growing up, I didn’t always have things the best. My family struggled, but got by. I didn’t always get along with other kids. My problems didn’t feel like the end of the world, but they were there. I eventually discovered comic books and Superman comics in particular. The stories made me feel like I could stand up for myself, overcome obstacles and become a better person by doing the right thing.
Some may think that this type of hero has no place today. I would disagree and say it is the opposite. Now more than ever we need our heroes to shine brighter. “Joe Shuster, no one will read a comic strip about a strong man in tights.” Maybe not, but many decades later, we will continue reading comics about strong man that inspires us to be better people.
Superman may not be the hero for everyone, but I recommend everyone find that hero that inspires you to be a better you.