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Americas fascination with comic books and cartoons filled with superheroes has created an empire of almost epic proportions Upon my arrival in America two of the myriad of comic book characters on offer immediately captured my attention - Batman and Superman I was informed by those in the know that Superman is the greatest superhero there is and Batman never seems to get enough credit After watching a great number of Batman and Superman cartoon episodes respectively I reached the conclusion that Supermans reputation is somewhat unfounded Personally I believe that there is overwhelming evidence to support the contention that in fact Batman who by the way is a regular human should be considered at least on par with Superman It is imperative to my contention to analyze the origins of both superheroes their reputations and their superpowers Shortly before the explosion of the planet of Krypton a baby Superman was evacuated to Earth by his parents He lived on a farm in Smallville with his adopted parents who named him Clark and raised him as their own As he grew under the Earths yellow sun he started to gain amazing powers His Kryptonian body absorbed the suns yellow rays as opposed to Kryptons red sun giving him super-strength and invulnerability among other awesome powers Upon coming of age Clark resolved himself to the necessity of using his powers to fight crime in the city of Metropolis There he created his alias Clark Kent - a reporter to mask his true identity He terrified his enemies and amazed the citizens of Metropolis It goes without saying that Superman is in fact a great superhero He certainly does a phenomenal job fighting crime and protecting the people of Metropolis However the truth that Clark Kent also known as Superman is not human remains It is unrealistic to hold Superman up as a role model for the rest of us because despite his arguably fundamental
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