Superman: A Role Model for Boys
It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a Role Model!
If you aren't familiar with the story of Superman, here it is in a nutshell:
As his home planet was exploding, his desperate parents sent him to Earth in a spacecraft. He landed in Kansas and was taken in by a farming family. He discovered Earth's Sun gave him powers beyond any other being.
The combination of the whole lot is the source of his peculiar disposition - A scientific mind ingrained with Western morality who has been granted limitless power.
Just as we are faced with decisions in life, Superman also has to choose between good and evil - except his actions could affect the entire universe!
Below are 3 attributes Superman can instill in your son.
Superman cherishes all life and is willing to do anything to protect it. He considers himself a defender of the weak and feels greatly responsible for protecting everyone. But, even when it seems like all is lost, Superman always finds a way to save the day without abusing his power.
Although your son probably wont have to save the world, this type of empathy translates to everyday life - No matter what the case, do the right thing the right way.
Many may think it's easy for Superman to be brave since he's virtually invincible, but this couldn't be more off the mark. Although he is bulletproof and has super-abilities, he's never been completely invulnerable. His foes tend to find something that puts him at a disadvantage, and yet he perseveres. Superman has even faced death itself and still found a way to lead by example with his selfless actions.
Hopefully your son won't be burdened with coming back from the dead, but the message is clear - Even when all seems lost, there is still hope
Despite being the most powerful being in every imaginable reality, Superman never lets his abilities go to his head. He doesn't live extravagantly, act selfishly, or view himself as a higher being compared to his human counterparts. Instead, he disguises himself as an everyday reporter and only puts on the cape when necessary.
Even the world's greatest dad can't compare to the fictitious power of Superman, nor the depth of his humbled perspective (sorry dads). Through his trials, it's evident that - Being humble trumps being egotistical.
Recommended Superman Reads
1.) All Star Superman - Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: Frank Quitely
2.) Kingdom Come - Writer: Mark Waid, Artist: Alex Ross
3.) Final Crisis - Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: J.G. Jones
4.) Superman for All Seasons - Writer: Jeph Loeb, Artist: Tim Sale
5.) Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (Deluxe Edition) -
Writer: Alan Moore, Artist: Curt Swan
6.) Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D - Writer: Grant Morrison, Artist: Doug Mahnke