In comic books, the safety of the world depends on the world's greatest superheroes. It's the heroes that are always there to save the lives of the innocent and to put a stop to the plans of world domination by the supervillains.
There are many reasons why and how the heroes get their start. Most of them do it without any sort of compensation. Their personal lives are often placed on the back burner while they dress up in their costumes and use their powers and abilities to save lives.
Besides a need or sense of obligation to 'do the right thing,' are superheroes completely mentally stable? Most people do want to be good and do the right thing but is there some insanity present when it comes to superheroes doing their job day in and day out?== TEASER ==
The mental facilities of Moon Knight have often been called to question. It was Marc Spencer, as a mercenary, that seemingly died in the desert. He was apparently resurrected by the Egyptian god, Khonshu, in order to be his vessel of vengeance. Taking on the guise of Moon Knight, Spector also created different civilian guises (billionaire Steven Grant and cab driver Jake Lockley) to assist in his battle against evil. As a result, it's been questioned if he suffers from multiple personalities.
In the current issues of Moon Knight, he's taken up another persona as a TV producer. He even admitted that he hears voices and that all superheroes have to be crazy in order to dress up and do what they do.
Is this really the case? Spider-Man lives by the motto, "With great power comes great responsibility." Does that mean he isn't allowed personal happiness? He has suffered personal loss time and time again. He's had so many failed romantic relationships due to his commitment to being Spider-Man. He feels guilt over failing to stop the criminal that killed his Uncle Ben when he had the chance but does that mean he has to live the rest of his life placing his personal happiness behind his need to be Spider-Man?
Batman is one of the world's best heroes and he also rarely allows any time for himself. His personal life as Bruce Wayne is a sham. It's a persona he created to cover the cost of his activities as Batman. He was a child when his parents were killed in front of him. There wasn't anything he could have done to prevent it. Now he is pretty much obsessed with putting a stop to evil.
Dressing up as a giant bat was a way to instill fear in the cowardly criminals but this is a guy without any true superpowers. Batman has trained both his body and mind to always be prepared against any contingency. He is even willing to stand up to the likes of Darkseid if given the chance. Is Batman just confident in his personal training or is he a little wacky in the head?
The world needs heroes. For us in the 'real world,' we have police officers, fire fighters, doctors and paramedics that are there when we need them. All of those are professions. They all get paid for their time and do get scheduled time off to have a personal life. They also don't go jumping into dangerous situations wearing tight-fitting costumes.
The sense to do the right thing is a strong factor. Those with the power to stand up to villains should use it to save innocents. We often see even superpowered heroes go up against enemies that have more firepower than they do. You don't see heroes running and hiding. Besides having superpowers or some sort of edge against supervillains, do heroes have to be a little crazy as well?
Maybe they are all a little crazy. But if it wasn't for that tiny bit of craziness, where would everyone be? It's a crazy world and aren't we all just a little bit crazy as well? It's the people that claim they aren't that you really need to keep an eye on.