Tweak says, "...Then you mean it."
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"I'm one of the view who think that comics are aimed at the wrong audience nowadays. I think they're aimed too high, and at a audience that has been too used to stories playing out over literally years of continuity, and that's not just hurting sales, it's killing the audience of kids who are, after all, the core audience. People have forgotten what it was like to be a kid and reading these comics for the first time. I never thought that an all-powerful Superman was lame. I thought he was the coolest thing on Earth. He was Jesus Christ and Santa Claus rolled up in one, and I am not ashamed to admit that he provided as positive a role model to me as did any other authority figure in my life.Those who think the Big Blue Boyscout is uninteresting miss the point totally. Firstly, he is not - and was never - uninteresting, not to whole generations of children. He may have been uninteresting to the more cynical adolescent, or a growing generation brought up on might makes right, and ends justify the means, where beating the crap out of things is the first, obvious solution. It's the people who have lost their sense of wonder or had it dulled so much as not to be able to appreciate the simple certainty of a child who insists that Superman will be stop to find his missing dog, because he's Superman, and that's what he does....Superman is the story of a god brought down to Earth. A god who purposely limits himself because he was raised by good people who disabused him of the notion that he should do everything just because he *can*. A god who disguises himself as a human being, allows himself to be humiliated as a human being, to better understand the people he protects. He walked among them, but they knew him not. Clark Kent is the disguise - the Man the Super forces himself to be - Superman is the real person. Until the editors and writers understand this again, the incarnation of Superman they push will always seem weak and half-hearted because there's no superiority of will, or morality, because he's just like all of us. He should not be. He should be better. He should be the *best*.The messianic overtones are obvious, and deliberate, because that's what makes him Super-*Man*, the one to look up to, the one who will make things right. Isn't that what heroes are for?"
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