Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Fictions Within Fictions Within Reality
in our reality, Superman, Captain Marvel, Marvelman and Miracleman are successive comic book superheroes;
in Alan Moore's Watchmen, Superman is a past fiction because pirates replaced superheroes in comics;
in Miracleman, Superman and Captain Marvel are comic book characters, Mick Anglo's Marvelman is a parareality program and Miracleman is a reality;
in Smallville, Superman is a future reality known to the TV audience but not to the characters!
Thus, Superman is the original superhero but the adaptations of the idea are extremely diverse.