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Comics and Kids: Why we Love Super Heroes

Thug: (in the voice of grown man who’s scared) “Who are you???”
Batman: (Holding thug above dark alleyway)
“I’m Batman, tell your friends about me!”

Believe it or not, my father-in-law is a blogger. Not only is he a blogger, but an excellent writer. His most recent book, Superman On Earth, tells how he fulfilled his childhood dream of wanting to be Superman.  Part of his epic legacy passed on to my children is his love for comics. If you want to read how it all started, read his post he wrote about his dad and introduction to Metropolis. Naturally, my husband grew up reading comic books, and we intend on introducing our boys to them when they are ready.

My boys don’t realize this yet, but there is a world of adventure waiting to unfold before them. For now it’s just character t-shirts and batman board books, but I know my husband (and Papaw!) can’t wait to start reading some of his favorite comics to the boys.

As a mom, here are a few reasons I think comics are great:

  • Community and Character. Most days in our world it seems like it’s every man for himself. But in comics we see people with extraordinary talents and gifts coming together to help strangers, often putting their own lives at stake to do so. I hope that my children will have the desire to be a part of something greater than themselves.
  • Heroes aren’t perfect. Every hero has a weakness or a flaw, yet they can still accomplish great things. I want my kids to believe in themselves and know they don’t have to be perfect or always get everything right. We can overcome adversity.
  • Imagination and Adventure. Reading comics is a really fun way to sharpen your reading skills. The story lines are exciting and fast paced. They unlock worlds where men can fly, climb buildings, and disappear into darkness.

I look forward to watching them grow, discover their identity, and then use their gifts to bring good to they world. If that means plastic action figures, pillow case capes, and plastic bat-a-rangs, then bring it on!

Do you like super heroes? If so, who is your favorite and why?

For some reason, I’ve always loved Batman. Maybe it’s because he’s just an ordinary guy without super powers. Or maybe it’s because he’s got the whole mysterious thing working for him. 🙂


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About Jamie

Jamie is a creative-techie mom, raising three boys under three (twins!) with her husband in Pennsylvania. Jamie now writes at The Red Robinson,


  1. Erin Younkin says:

    I loved this! I love super heros because it helps us to see that these not so perfect heros can overcome the odds, that good does conquer evil, and that there are certain things worth fighting for. I think it is a wonderful thing to expose children to. The ancient Greeks used “hero” stories to teach lessons and encourage their young as well, and just like in our heros, the Greek heroes were not perfect. In the wake of what happened last weekend, I’m glad you wrote about this.

  2. Glad you liked it Erin! I think it is also really neat to see some of the apps that are coming out for e-reader comics. Cool stuff! I’d like to see more e-reader comics for younger kids too.

  3. Superman! All the way! Love this post Jamie!

  4. Barb a.k.a. Memaw says:

    A touching post for me, of course! I think reading comics has had a great part in inspiring creativity in both father and son. You’ve probably heard the story of your husband’s first writing assignment for his second grade teacher that brought about an inpromptu parent/teacher conference. The teacher informed us she thought there was a lot of teaching to be accomplished for Alex to understand what writing was about. As his Dad examined the piece, a light went off in his head. Alex’s paper was modeled after a recent comic they had read called “Duck Amuck!” It seems the famous duck could only talk in disjointed, nonsensical sentences and thoughts! Alex’s paper was an inspired writing and creative as well! Needless to say, the teacher was relieved, and she received a more rounded view of literature!