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Are comic readers more prone to believing in the existence of aliens?

The civilians, or everyday people, in comics have to have a great sense of disbelief. They see amazing things everyday. When superheroes are out saving the world from the villains, they witness such feats as super strength, the ability to fly, teleportation and all the other cool superpowers that exist in their world.

Pretty much from the beginning of the modern superheroes, aliens have existed. Some of Earth’s heroes from several publishers are aliens themselves. Despite this, there seems to be a general feeling that aliens aren’t a concern. To me, it seems as if the general populace are in denial about the existence of extraterrestrials.

Is this really the case?

Take Galactus. He’s a pretty big dude. He came to Earth basically wanting to eat the planet (I know he was just going to drain the planet’s energy and not actually eat it). You would think if this giant being from outer space came along and threatened the entire planet, people wouldn’t forget. But there still seems to be a sense that E.T.s aren’t real.

What about the Skrulls’ Secret Invasion. They replaced many of Earth’s heroes. If they could go undetected for so long, how could they ever trust Earth’s heroes? When Stamford blew up beforeCivil War, the public quickly turned on the New Warriors despite it being Nitro that blew up the city. After it was revealed that an alien race had infiltrated the heroes and wanted to claim the planet for themselves, things quickly returned to normal…or as normal as having Norman Osbornrun the security of the country could be.

What about Superman? He’s the ultimate hero. People say he’s like a super boy scout when it comes to heroes. People see his S-symbol and cheer, knowing that their lives are in safe hands. But what happens when someone like Doomsday shows up? One look and they would head for the hills before he could begin any of his destruction. The real question is, do they think of Superman as an alien and would they assume Doomsday was one or would they think he’s some sort of mutation?

General Sam Lane is one of the few that really has a mad-on for aliens. His mission was to eradicate the Kryptonians at any cost. Even if it meant setting up Lex Luthor with dangerous and deadly technology.

Speaking of Kryptonians, what about New Krypton? There was a whole planet full of aliens a short distance away from Earth. I don’t recall seeing people scrambling for their bomb shelters or proclaiming it was the end of the world.

What does all this mean? It either means I’m totally oblivious when it comes to the comic book populace and their acceptance of aliens in their world along with super-powered individuals. What I really think it means is these people are in major denial. They have short term memories. They believe what they want to believe. They can accept that there are super-powered people out there saving their lives but when it comes to aliens and alien invasions, they quickly push it out of their minds. It could be that there’s only so much their minds can accept. Knowing that people can possess such immense powers is one thing but accepting that other species are out there…that’s a whole other situation.

Added by Tony ‘G-Man’ Guerrero on March 30, 2011

  1. SteveAsat
    May 22, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    There’s something vaguely prejudicial about the phrase “a whole planet full of aliens”. It strikes my ear kind of like “an entire country full of non-Americans”.

    Anyway, re your main point: I suspect that we’d soon become blase about the superheroes in our midst unless they were doing things right in our own backyard. Wars are being fought every day using technology that is way beyond our everyday experience, but we mostly ignore the details because it does not surpass the technology seen in Hollywood movies.

    In the same way, only the most spectacular superheroes could hold our attention for long. Batman? “Pfft, he’s just a guy in a leotard.” Spider-Man? “Yawn, where are the power blasts?” Superman? “He hardly ever melts things with his heat vision anymore!” Galactus? “Jeez, they frickin’ TALKED him away.”

    Super powers aren’t impressive for long, and I doubt extraterrestrials would be either. Certainly not to a generation who couldn’t remember a time when they weren’t around.

  2. Rue
    March 31, 2011 at 7:49 AM

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    • March 31, 2011 at 9:24 AM

      Hey Rue! Thank you so much for that mention on your blog! I’m glad you enjoy the posts i put up. 🙂

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