Dear Jonny, Superheroes…
Who is your favorite super hero off that shirt you are wearing [the one in the dear jonny photograph]? My little girl has the same shirt, and absolutely loves it.
– Jack Of All Trades
Dear Jack Of All Trades,
Your little girl has good taste. As for my favorite Justice League super hero on the shirt, I don’t really have one. Superman was once my favorite, but I have since come to despise him for reasons I will discuss in a future article. These days I’m more inclined to embrace the darker, wilder, crazier, more morally ambiguous and vengeful anti-hero types, such as Magneto, Spawn, V, Batman, Wolverine, Hulk, or Rorschach (my favorite).
Anti-hero: An exceptionally complicated and unapologetically imperfect yet ultimately heroic individual who may very well have had to: step on a few toes, slit a few throats, snort a few lines, cause more than one woman to run screaming into the night, experience others questioning the underlying integrity of his actions, wonder about his own sanity, consider pledging allegiance to the other, darker side, etc. The anti-hero recognizes the world for precisely what it is, harbors no illusions as to his place within it, and adjusts his fundamental character accordingly. Lesser individuals often — and perhaps appropriately — label him a volatile outsider, and though his mind and soul are usually tortured, his heart is generally set to the right frequency. At the end of the day, he’s an accurate reflection/extension of the inherently flawed society he so valiantly keeps. Call him a hero who knows better.
But it’s still a cool shirt.