Monday, July 28, 2008

July 28: Xanadu

It seems that every superhero has to find someplace where he can be himself. Batman has his Batcave, Superman has his Fortress of Solitude; The Living Wonder has his Xanadu.

Note the difference in purpose. The Batcave is an isolated laboratory. The Fortress of Solitude is, well, a place of solitude. But Xanadu? The “stately pleasure dome?” Hardly an isle of solemn contemplation. The Living Wonder thrives in the public eye.

Some joke that he draws his super-strength from his massive ego, which is powered by the mention of his name in the papers.

But even Charles Kane fell eventually.

Apparently I am writing about superheroes and their flaws; that's cool, it's in vogue these days.

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