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Off My Mind: Do People in Comics Believe in Aliens?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
People in comics believe heroes can fly but seem to deny the existence of aliens.
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?
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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.