An alternative view of this popular American super-hero. The mask is the device of choice to conceal an identity. The question is, what ideology lies behind this identity? A critical analysis of how mythology masks ideology.
A blue collar teenager who turns into a genetically modified super-hero when challenged by a villain. Spiderman is American mythology at its best. Revealing the dual nature of a hero’s character as the result of the medium’s super-natural creative powers.
When I first introduced the idea that Superman was a mythical hero in 1992, the notion came as a surprise to many. Over time it became acceptable to most. Today we can safely say that mythology plays a similar role in American culture and ideology that it did in ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome.