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Off My Mind: Do People in Comics Believe in Aliens?

People in comics believe heroes can fly but seem to deny 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? 
 == TEASER == 
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 before Civil 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 Osborn run 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. 
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Posted by Out_of_Space

They should . Specialy if Superman saves the day all the time !

Posted by jubilee042

strange since superman is an alein

Posted by NightFang

If all the Earth invasions, space-ships and strange skin color doesn't prove it, then nothing well.

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Posted by TDK_1997

They should,because Superman is a alien.What about the Secret Invasion.Almost everybody was replaced.

Posted by DH69

i truely do hope intellegent life exist somewhere in the universe. cause if we're all thats here...wow theres really no reason for the universe to exist is there?

 

also by intellegent life i mean beings smart enough to stay the hell away from our horrible excuse for a race

 

Yay skrulls :p

Posted by antiterra

I'm surprised that's even a question, what with all the alien races routinely invading or defending Earth in comics. Seriously, it's like asking, "Do people believe in dolphins?" How is there even any doubt?

Posted by Frobin

I really have no clue why you think people (or the public) in comic books have no notice of extra terrestrials or aliens ... 
 
I can only assume you read comics a pretty long time and this idea "off your mind" comes because you still refer to the old days of superhero comic books ... the golden or silver age ... in these times it's true: Back then it seemed people in comic books have no idea of the existence of aliens and threats from outer space ... in fact pretty confusing, because the fighting between the superheroes and some of these major threats often destroyed whole cities. 
But this is the same as with the "house explodes - no one dies" thing ... back then things in comic books were pretty simple: the setting of the fictional world is just the same as the real world, but with the assumptio that superheroes really exist. 
 
Especially in the past decade this setting totally changed (with a more realistic approach - in my opinion best example: The Ultimates 1 & 2).
 
So now this idea off your mind is just  obsolete. 
 
Especially in Marvel universe after Secret Invasion you can assume that anybody on the planet Earth is aware of the existence of aliens and knows of the potential danger coming from outer space. 
 
It's the same with terrorism or natural desaster - you're aware of it, but if you live in California or Japan you don't want to have it on your mind all the time ... it happens when it happens, you can prepare as best as possible ... but you don't want to talk about it all the time. Same with terrorism ... you shouldn't let the risk of terrorism come to close to your every day life ... it would compromise it. 
 
However, especially for the Marvel universe (but also for the DCU) I really think this thought of yours is totally out-dated and antiquated (and only true for classic/old comic book universes)
 

Posted by sora_thekey

I think that normal people would take super heroes the way we see celebrities. Some people worship then, others care less.  
Some people follow their every move, others don't even know who they are. 
 
I guess some might.

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Posted by jordama

After Secret Invasion, I would hope people in the Marve,l Universe know about Aliens O_o
Posted by Grim

 DC is chock full of Aliens, and most of the people on DC's earth rely on them to defend them from other aliens. DC's folks have Superman and co, and the GL corps, so they arent that concerned.
 
 Marvel, however, has a much smaller supply of alien characters, and most of them are unknown by the general Marvel U population. I mean, besides Skrulls and Galactis, most alien confrontations are very small and quick in Marvel u. They have more cross Dimensional villains and Mutans than anything else.

Posted by RazzaTazz

This is kind of similar to how Mr. Terric is an atheist even though he has battled angels. 

 

I suppose it depends on the belief system of the populace. 
   

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Posted by CellphoneGirl

Well seeing as how the Skrulls invaded the Earth not to long ago i would really hope so.

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Posted by mikeclark1982

i have always thought this. superman leads a triple life if you think about it. superman lives life as a human, then lives as superman, but in the end, he is a kryptonian! if he came out and said "im from krypton" folks would be like OUR SAVIOUR IS AN ALIEN! thats why lex has had a hard on for him for so long

Posted by SC

No, its all one massively, elaborate hoax, made by the government to control your mind assets my friends. Whilst the very real threat of those stink mutie freaks, escalates every day, the man behind the curtain wants you to look at the sky, in the hopes of seeing a friendly ET or Wall-E that might befriend your children and teach them manners and morals, but don't be a fool, stay cool, and vote yes to Proposition X. Aliens are a bed time story, mutants are the real invaders!! 

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Posted by HaloKing343

I'm pretty sure most people in comics believe in aliens. I mean, aliens are there like all the time. There was  a Skrull invasion a few years back for Marvel. Duuuh.
Posted by Mighty Thorion

Considering the amount of alien Superheroes / characters we have, I guess they ought to! Not only is there Superman, but Martian Manhunter, Hawkman & Hawkwoman, Starfire (not to mention 7 shades of Lanterns) & there must be loads more - that's just off the top of my head before my toast burns!

Edited by Xenozoic Shaman

They believe in aliens alright.  The average comic book citizen just doesn't comment on aliens, in fear of being intolerant.  
 
To be honest, I feel that they are made to not recognize aliens by the writers.  If they did comment more on the presence of aliens, they might actually have to talk with them, or create initiatives to go to other planets on a regular basis.    This would create a world in which the average person could travel to other planets, or at least knew for certain that aliens existed.  That sort of situation would only make comics even less akin to our reality, which is something undesirable to many writers, as we're supposed to identify with the citizens of these worlds.

Posted by Vitality

Good question...very thought provoking.
Posted by ltbrd

I'm starting to question some of these Off My Mind articles. They don't really have a meaning to them anymore and most of the time just throw out random ideas for people to debate. Guys must be running out of ideas.
 
As to the question at hand, throughout both DC and Marvel history it has been stated over and over again that humans are aware of and generally fear/distrust aliens in general and there are only certain exceptions to this like Superman and Martian Manhunter. But even though Superman is accepted by the public, the minute he does something wrong or appears to have turned against Earth the writers have always brought up the fact that humans begin to distrust and fear him because he's an alien.
 
Heck, the entire Legion of Super Heroes series (no matter which version) is built on the fact that humans are aware of alien life and interact with them on a daily basis. The latest series even goes so far as to point out that in the 30th century humanity is still a close-minded race that in generally distrusts aliens and their presence on Earth.
 
As others have said DC seems to push the alien issue a lot more. In regards to World of New Krypton, how could you forget G-man that in the World Without Superman arc everyone on Earth knew about New Krypton and a new age "red scare" permeated the public as governments searched for kryptonian sleeper agents. Marvel, on the other hand, does try to keep alien invasions to a minimum. Even when Galactus comes a calling, aside from a few appearances most of the time he's fought prior to getting to Earth. The Kree-Skrull War didn't take place on Earth. Nor did most of the Phoenix Saga and the various races involved in that. Most alien heroes (like Hulkling) also tend to take on more mutant identities so as to hide their true origins from the general public.
 
Plus the DC universe has been particular to show alien technology generally left over from some invasion or cooperative effort being integrated into human technology and helping advance human science, mostly through Lexcorp and S.T.A.R. Labs. 

So I'd say the DC population is more aware of aliens but not openly trusting whereas the Marvel population is somewhat aware but far more prejudice to other species (heck, the Marvel population is prejudice to mutants and they at least started at normal humans).

Posted by Mercy_
@ltbrd said:
" the entire Legion of Super Heroes series (no matter which version) is built on the fact that humans are aware of alien life and interact with them on a daily basis. "
Not entirely accurate. The rest of your points are very well thought out, though. 
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Posted by Vitality
@ltbrd said:
"I'm starting to question some of these Off My Mind articles. They don't really have a meaning to them anymore and most of the time just throw out random ideas for people to debate. Guys must be running out of ideas."
Posted by InnerVenom123
@SC said:
" No, its all one massively, elaborate hoax, made by the government to control your mind assets my friends. Whilst the very real threat of those stink mutie freaks, escalates every day, the man behind the curtain wants you to look at the sky, in the hopes of seeing a friendly ET or Wall-E that might befriend your children and teach them manners and morals, but don't be a fool, stay cool, and vote yes to Proposition X. Aliens are a bed time story, mutants are the real invaders!!  "
YOU ANTI-MUTITE SON OF A--
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

    Maybe it is an effort of denial on their part, for whenever I read a comic it certainly seems to me that they are cognizant of aliens but just don't always give that formal recognition.  Just goes to show you the ambiguous and inconsistent viewpoint on aliens among the general populace shows that aliens have indeed violated the Prime Directive of comic stories far too soon, a Prime Directive based on free thinking principles rather than hyperdrive, however.   
    Yes, humans in comics are much more inclined to accept humans with powers and what not, but aliens are something they either believe only in silence, for fear of being socially marginalized no doubt, or deny entirely.  In conclusion then, for instance, this is what confuses people day and night when thinking of Superman considering that though he's a Kansas-raised farmboy he was also born a Kryptonian.

Posted by Shadow_Thief

Eh, some people still don't accept that the Earth is round (it is; trust me, I went outside and checked).

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Ok  if there are mutants, metahumans, sorcerers, mutated superheroes and villians, Asgardian gods, atlatians, and flying people everywhere, and people dressing in tights everywhere you look.... Aliens are the deal breaker in your universe..... thats all I have to say.

Posted by kennybaese

I think that the everyday happenings of Superheroes probably don't affect the general populace's lives from day to day. Sure, people in Metropolis or Gotham or Marvel's version of New York are exposed to it quite a bit, but even then, do you see superheroes fighting in the suburbs? Not often. They're punching dudes off of and into skyscrapers, not family homes. I think it's kind of like a war going on overseas or something, especially with something like War of the Supermen. People are aware that this stuff is going on, that these incredible beings exist, but given that it doesn't affect their day to day, they just don't really think about it. 

Posted by goldenshot80
The marvel universe should know there is such things as monster and aliens
Posted by Nerx

They should expect it as an everyday event and write down important event in their history books... Tis a shame that sometimes ignorant humans live in denial even though invasions are more common than christmas sales and that magic is very abundant in comic book unive  sheesh rses, as if dumb governments are not enough of a problem. 
 
I mean when big sh!t like COIE goes down there should be a class topic about it and exams about Galactus' invasion.

Posted by SC
@InnerVenom123 said:
" @SC said:
" No, its all one massively, elaborate hoax, made by the government to control your mind assets my friends. Whilst the very real threat of those stink mutie freaks, escalates every day, the man behind the curtain wants you to look at the sky, in the hopes of seeing a friendly ET or Wall-E that might befriend your children and teach them manners and morals, but don't be a fool, stay cool, and vote yes to Proposition X. Aliens are a bed time story, mutants are the real invaders!!  "
YOU ANTI-MUTITE SON OF A-- "
 
Alien? You were going to call me a son of an alien weren't you? No word could be more offensive! I am not anti mutant. Some of my best friends are mutants. I just think my daughter should be able to go to school dances without some guys shooting out hair from his elbows at her dress. Thats what mutants do. They shoot things out their elbows. Do you have kids? You wouldn't understand... I am not Anti Mutant, I am Pro Prom Dresses without Hair! I think deep down... no further... yeah, you are too... I'm talking to the man. In the mirror. Owl. 
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Posted by InnerVenom123
@SC: You should be ashamed of yourself >:(
Posted by ValendianKnight

I think it goes without saying that in comics, like for example DC's universe, people just accept that there aliens cause there really is no way of doubting it. They see aliens every day, so it doesn't have to be verbalized.

Posted by GraveSp

I would say the reason why most people aren't afraid of aliens in comic books is because they see that the superheros always end up winning.  They acknowledge aliens exist but the belief that "Superman or whoever will save me" overrides their fear of the aliens. 

Posted by B-Tank

Hell I Beleve in aliens Because I think they do exist on their Homeworlds
Posted by G-Man
@Vitality
@ltbrd said:
"I'm starting to question some of these Off My Mind articles. They don't really have a meaning to them anymore and most of the time just throw out random ideas for people to debate. Guys must be running out of ideas."
I guess some of you are missing the point I've been making with these articles I've been doing everyday for the past year, these are thoughts and ideas from MY MIND. Seeing that image of the headline in the Bugle got me thinking about how civilians treat the idea of aliens. These articles reflect the questions I have. I share them in the hopes of getting clarification from putting the ideas down and from hearing the 'debate' over them.
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Posted by Radread

 I agree, but at the same time, these articles are seeming to just rag on with very established points everyone else already knows.

Posted by Vitality
@G-Man said:
" @Vitality
@ltbrd said:
"I'm starting to question some of these Off My Mind articles. They don't really have a meaning to them anymore and most of the time just throw out random ideas for people to debate. Guys must be running out of ideas."
I guess some of you are missing the point I've been making with these articles I've been doing everyday for the past year, these are thoughts and ideas from MY MIND. Seeing that image of the headline in the Bugle got me thinking about how civilians treat the idea of aliens. These articles reflect the questions I have. I share them in the hopes of getting clarification from putting the ideas down and from hearing the 'debate' over them. "

I understand that these are just thoughts and ideas from your mind. 
 
My only thing is...comicvine is now filled with ridiculous threads about things that don't even relate to comics. So I like to look to your "Off My Mind" articles for a place to actually discuss something comic book worthy. 
 
The problem is...there is no real debate on this topic. 
 
The answer is Yes...end of discussion. There is no two ways about it. 
 
So that's why I say that I would like topics that are more thought provoking. 
 
I'm not disrespecting you...I'm just saying that your articles are basically the only comic book worthy thing to talk about on this site now...so I just expect the type of questions that elicit more than one word answers.
Posted by karrob
@jordama said:
" After Secret Invasion, I would hope people in the Marve,l Universe know about Aliens O_o "
Yep!
Posted by Mumbles

i would think they would have to believe in aliens.

Posted by The Impersonator

The Truth Is Out There.
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Edited by Xenozoic Shaman
@Vitality said:

The problem is...there is no real debate on this topic.  The answer is Yes...end of discussion. There is no two ways about it.  So that's why I say that I would like topics that are more thought provoking.  I'm not disrespecting you...I'm just saying that your articles are basically the only comic book worthy thing to talk about on this site now...so I just expect the type of questions that elicit more than one word answers. "

I would think that in the case of "Yes" answer topics, the debate and discussion is in the why of the yes.  Not all discussions are about pros and cons; some times they can be about the why and how of a thing.  I do understand your concern though, and "versus" "debates can be quite fun.
Posted by dewboy01

Goku"s ( kakarot)  an alien.
Posted by Silkcuts

Aliens are important to the mythos of comics, this is the grey uploaded the idea of the invisibles into Grant Morrison's head.

Posted by abeyance

i wouldn't blame people in comics for not believing in aliens (DC/ Marvel wise) you have blue, green, purple mutants running all around these worlds. When people do see aliens it's pretty hard to distinguish them from some nutcase supervillain that's been involved in some experiment gone wrong or a superhero able to transform. I know if I lived in the comic world I wouldn't believe in aliens either if monsters, superheroes and mutants were real. 
People accept Superman because the dude basically looks human. A lot of people probably don't know much about Superman since he comes to save the day and takes off like most heroes do. Sure you have Lex, Lois and others who declare he is an alien but most likely few people can accept it. They are self  deceptive and want to believe in an all powerful human savior for the most part far as the Superman issue goes. 
Galactus also looks like a human and can be written off as Giant Man by those arguing the explanation of his existence. Far as people can tell he is a towering guy with a weird helmet on nothing they haven't seen before on earth right. Look at the Shiar...basically human looking as well. Skrulls are green humanoids that can be mistaken for radiated life forms like the hulk and his kin.

Posted by JonesDeini

Ummm schyeah, of course they friggin' do

Edited by Fantasgasmic

Here's the interesting follow up question: Do people in Comics believe in God? more specifically, do people in comics believe in the major world religions of the real world? How could anyone be monotheistic if there are Norse or Greek or Egyptian gods that you can see literally saving/threatening the world? Why believe in the Hidu gods when you've seen news footage of other gods? Hell, there was a whole team of gods that got together to fight another god that was killing off pantheons of gods. Not only could you not be Christian (for example) in that world, you couldn't be atheist or agnostic either.

Posted by weaponx
@G-Man:  I don't think the people selectively forget about aliens... I think they aren't in a constant state of fear because every time they have come, they have been defeated in the end. Sure there maybe human lives lost, but I guess it is part of their lives and they don't think about it the same way "we" would. I mean, if there was someone who saw our world  in as a comic book and on their world there were no man-eating predators, they might have a similar idea; "how could they not think about that? do they not believe in those creatures? " Another aspect I think needs to be considered, is that at first when aliens appear, people are going to be very scared, but if it is something that has been happening for a few generations or more, it is part of life. Like computers and cell phones and things like that, that are now incorporated into our everyday lives. Just as they are used to people who can fly, shoot ice from their hands, pick things up without touching them, etc... which isn't far off from being alien itself, is it? In many ways, the line between superhero and alien could be argued to be quite negligible. I don't know, there is a lot that could be said on this... nice topic. 
Posted by FireFlare153

Are people in denial about aliens in comic books......... That's just HILARIOUS.
Posted by NXH

Does the pope have a balcony?

Posted by Venom999
 

i know i wan t to believe. i really do believe there's life out there and we are being investigated by them but unless i meet one i can't believe. :-(
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