This Spider-Man image was inspired by a good friend’s son who’s favorite comic hero is Spider-Man. As an active duty Marine my friend often finds himself on deployments around the world for months at a time. I thought it might be nice to illustrate a poster to boost his little one’s morale a bit.
Heroes in stories, comic books, and video games are sources that allow us as individuals to challenge our own understanding of who we are and how we see the world around us. These fictional characters are infused with mores, strengths, and weaknesses that play out in dramatized situations. These situations aren’t just for our entertainment, but I believe they can be viewed as sandbox simulations for us to consider our own values and daily lives in the much simpler and safe environment – our imagination.
Heroes may be cornerstones in our collective conscious but I believe they inspire us to be real heroes. The peace officer, the fire fighter, the warrior, the mother, and the best friend that swoops in with a call or text at just the right time are real heroes in our lives. We may not all have super powers, but we do all have the power to make a superior impact on each others lives daily.
PS What fictional heroes inspire you and challenge your values? Have they inspired you or helped to shape your own values? Here are some of mine that I can think of:
Captain America: Reminds me that service to a greater cause is important, and that the ideal of that cause can be tainted if you are not ever-vigilant and active in keeping it pure.
Spider Man: Use the gifts and abilities that you do have to the greatest effect, no matter what they are. Mine seem to be related to art and that I am very interested in helping others if I have the opportunity to do so, but more on a personal level. One of the continuously interesting aspects about Spider-Man is his struggle to fulfill his obligation to the larger community’s security while fulfilling his moral obligation to be a responsible friend and family member.
Iron Man: There will always be a battle against time and the natural elements, knowing that and applying ingenuity to any situation can at least improve the conditions, if not alleviate them altogether. You can do this for good, even if you have failed in the past.