“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke. Batman might be the only superhero with absolutely no real power. His love for justice came after the death of his parents as a young boy, using his rage to become a super masked vigilante, turning his anger into something positive. “Violent Media Is Good for Kids” by Gerard Jones writes about children and their struggle to balance out how to control themselves in and out of public, how to control emotions, and in a way right from wrong like Bruce Wayne. Gerard Jones speaks of the parents and teachers who sees the things other parents do not see in their child such as violent acts of play fight. At that very moment of Bruce Wayne’s parents deaths it sparked something deep down inside of him that would one day mold into Batman, the knight of the night. The Adventure story aimed for kids gave the kids a role model to look up to by the strong messages that the comics was giving off teaching the audience these foundations of human nature.
I agree with Gerard Jones using Bruce Wayne as my reason why, that his childhood gave him emotional scars, rage along with depression but yet he turned out to be a great man, he did not let this trauma turn him into the bad guy. In “King Solomon's Mines” by H. Rider Haggard the adventure story for kids looked at Allan Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good as The Avengers or The Fantastic Four in the eyes of the British youth, going out and doing amazing things a child could only “play fight” about. As parents we want to give our kids the play time they need to act out their fantasy identity otherwise some of us like Bruce Wayne will prolong this fantasy unknowing when we will outgrow this fantacy. In KSM Quatermain was pushing messages of hate to kids. A good comic book should have positive messages. If you look at todays comic books these lessens are clear, good vs evil not color vs. color or gender vs. gender. This is a message that kids are reading. Not all media is going to be positive but in the eyes of a child it is unclear whether they will see the symbolism or the advenure that they are reading. I hope for KSM sace, they see the fun part without picking up on the negative parts.