The whole concept of superhumans with superpowers or skills has fascinated humankind for quite some time now. Superheroes made their origin in myths and folktales. As time passed on, they made their transition to comic books. Now we live in an era where the stuff of myths and comics are brought to life on screen, a la movies, cartoons, and live-action series. Superheroes are so important nowadays that they form the crux of pop culture and are widely celebrated worldwide. April 28th is celebrated as National Superhero Day in the United States of America.
The history behind National Superhero Day:
National Superhero Day was a holiday created by the employees at Marvel Comics on April 28th, 1995. This was when Marvel Comics were at their peak, and hence this garnered a lot of attention and eventually became a national holiday. While originally a holiday that celebrated Marvel superheroes, the day eventually came to encompass all other superheroes (even from DC and Dark Horse Comics, among prominent ones), both real and fictional. Today, National Superhero Day celebrates real-life superheroes like soldiers, firefighters, police, doctors, and several others who literally save lives and commends their actions and sacrifice.
Facts about Superheroes
Here are some little known facts about your favorite superheroes. Did you know that the Hulk was originally supposed to be grey in color but was later made green as green looked better in print? Another fun fact is that Superman is a vegetarian. Michael Jackson, the king of pop, was a huge fan of Spiderman and even tried to purchase Marvel Comics so that he could play the role of Spiderman on the big screen. Captain America was originally created during World War II to motivate America’s citizens to fight for their country.
How to observe National Superhero Day:
The true celebration of National Superhero Day is to spend quality time with your real-life superhero, snap pictures with them and hashtag it as #NationalSuperheroDay. They put their life at harm to protect others; they are the true superheroes. Generally, people of all ages celebrate National Superhero Day by reading comics or watching movies, or attending parties dressed up as their favorite superheroes. Many Americans celebrate National Superhero Day by volunteering or visiting orphanages and children’s hospitals dressed as famous superheroes. National Superhero Day is basically Halloween (minus the ghouls) in Summer.
Why celebrate National Superhero Day:
Some people think that National Superhero day is all about a fictional character and hence consider it a waste of a day. But in truth, National Superhero Day celebrates each and every superhero, especially the real ones. We don’t need to look for superheroes in the police force, army or fire department. The truest superheroes in one’s life are the people who love them and continue to stick by their side despite the odds. This could be your parents or friends or some other special person. National Superhero Day is a day that celebrates gratitude to those who saved us when we needed saving.
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