Are secret identities disappearing? It’s a good question, honestly. One that’s not without merit. But the idea might not be as dead as you’d think. And Riley has the breakdown for ya. Stay Toon’d!
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My favorite Superman story, DC Comics Presents #50, is the best example of why Superman needs his Clark Kent identity. When the two are separated (long story) Superman loses his human ideals and is just saving people mostly out of habit. Superman needs Clark to reconnect with the people he saves, which is also true of other superheroes and their secret identities. It helps them keep their humanity.
That’s another majorly significant one, yeah. Something that’s often vastly overlooked – especially in relation to DC heroes.
Since I can’t find a way to edit, I wanted to add that pre-Crisis Wonder Woman had a secret identity, Diana Prince. When she was first introduced she took on the identity of a nurse and later a secretary for Steve. In fact if you look at most DC secret identities they are often in service to humanity in ways they can’t be as superheroes. Clark Kent seeks the truth. Bruce Wayne donates to the GCPD in the hopes they can hire more honest cops and also gives to orphan charities. All of Wonder Woman’s jobs through the various continuities served humanity in one way or another. DC heroes pretty much are so drawn to helping others that even when they aren’t being superheroes they’re still trying to make the world a better place.
Yup. I was just speaking more to the more modern Wondie than anything. But that just furthers the point of DC’s heroes being pillars to which we’re meant to aspire.
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