I was just watching Kill Bill, Vol. 2 for a fun little illustration assignment and Quentin Tarantino offered some fascinating dialogue: “Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak. He’s unsure of himself. He’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.” Wow! That’s true. Of course, Clark Kent is also loyal, kind, intelligent, a wordsmith, et cetera.
By the way, the illustration for this post is from an out of this world Superman book drawn by Frank Quitely.