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Why do comic superheroes fly around in their underwear? By Fareeha Qayoom

Why do comic superheroes fly around in their underwear?

By Fareeha Qayoom

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he other day I was engrossed in a book when suddenly I caught this really funny sight…my nephew zooming past me clad in a cape made out of a bed sheet folded over to shorten its length, singlet top and jeans and best of all, his designer underwear on top of his jeans! Nothing but nothing comes between me and my book but I couldn’t resist stopping for a minute to question this remarkable sight…I asked him, “Abdullah, what are you doing?” “Feea Khala, Don’t disturb me!! I am an underwear hero! I am flying to the rescue!!” I found this so cute. Plus I was pretty impressed with the kid. He has quite a brain. It never occurred to me when I was his age to actually play dress up and actually zoom around the whole place making flying noises.

For some weird reason when I was a kid, I was more intent on reading or collecting super hero comic books and trying to draw my favorites. I never questioned why all the comic heroes (men) would be zooming all over the world in their underwear and tights while the women would be clad in leather (cat woman) or skimpy outfits (wonder woman); it was normal in my world.  In fact, I had quite a comic book collection going – I never went for Archie and Veronica till after I was done with the super heroes – I was bent on collecting superman, spider man, bat man, fantastic four, super girl, wonder woman etc., I have a distinct memory of drawing a color picture of wonder woman and showing it to my mom proudly when I was in grade two or three I think. I stopped collecting these comics somewhere around age 13 (or was it 14?). Looking back I am amazed I never questioned the comic super hero universe. It was my nephew’s discerning eye that actually made me sit up and take notice! He’s only just turned six today for God’s sakes! But this was by no means the only sight of an underwear hero flying to the rescue I saw this week.

As cosmic joke, God was intent on showing me loads of underwear heroes this week. I saw a news report mentioning that a new spider man movie is in the offing with a new lead and they are planning to redo the whole thing all over again. Then, I was watching “Hum Sab Umeed Say Hain,” a GEO TV production a couple of days ago – a “Saturday night live” type of show specializing in political satire. There was one skit where this really anorexic superman who is actually supposed to be superman 2 but actually resembles President Obama in passing is zooming all over the world doing his bit to save (or is it drown?) the world. The loose fit huge underwear and baggy tights on his anorexic frame made a kind of a funny statement too.

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Today, I was watching this new episode from the current season of ‘Warehouse 13’ – the story revolved around another underwear hero! This time, the guy was supposed to be in purple underwear – playing iron man or something like that. A normal guy acquires this artifact which should be in warehouse safe and contained but is on the loose and falls into his hands – it was purple underwear that powers this particular super hero! Hmm. God was indeed laughing at me – trust me for not noticing the utterly ridiculous and off beat ideas that we pass on to our kids as normal – there are generations and generations of kids raised on these ridiculous action heroes’ stories.

So about that, why do all our comic super heroes prance around in their underwear?

Oh well, there must be hundreds of weird and off beat ideas that we never question in this world. If you know of a few, please do share! I would love to start a collection right here! Ha Ha Ha! 🙂

I double dare you. ■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
The publisher and editor-in-chief for Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), Fareeha is currently working at a media company as Content development Manager (or as they call it, the managing editor); she also served as the managing editor for Valuemag (Jan 08-July 09 – Print editions Valuemag 1-13). She has over 15 years of solid management experience in managing products, brands, projects, processes, staff, customers, vendors and time, plus, she has a MSc degree in Economics (and Business Administration) from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA and BA from Kinnaird. She also freelanced for The News on Sunday (1994-95). Tkfr.com chronicles some of her work – editing, writing, reporting and print and online media management. (1994-to date).

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  1. so any takers? Come on! Fly to the rescue! 🙂

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  2. You might find this interesting…

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    A friend liked this post so:
    Fareeha: Just don’t like the story – accept the challenge and share your own ‘”underwear”hero or something like that on tkfr.com! 🙂

    Yesterday at 3:05pm · LikeUnlike ·
    AS: This was somehow discussed in film “Om Shanti Om” if you may have watched it when Shahrukh Khan was acting some sort of Comic hero he said “i Don’t know why the hell superman has to wear underwear on top of pants!!
    Yesterday at 3:47pm · LikeUnlike ·

    Fareeha: you know great minds think alike! My nephew and the the movie writer! 🙂 Naw, I didn’t see the movie. I just watched the songs. So are you game? Do you want to answer this question or ask another similar question?
    19 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·

    AS: Ask another similar question!?!
    9 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·

    Fareeha: Asif, you know other examples of brainwashing! 🙂 Read the post – accept the challenge and come up with other examples of childhood indoctrination! ”

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    No, don’t post Talibanization as an example of childhood brainwashing!

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  3. Farrah Muldoon says:

    Fareeha

    I thought you’d have figured this one out! How else will the artist and/or movie producer outline each muscle that the superhero(ine) possesses? It’s like going to the gym: people like me wearing baggy t-shirts and track bottoms being totally intimidated by “those” women in shorts and tanks with each sinew showing.

    Plus it must make good ogling material. Imagine a superperson in a suit and tie (naah!) But give me Spidey in Spandex anytime.

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  4. Ha Ha Ha Ha! 🙂

    Muldoon has answered and settled the question forever why superheroes wear what they wear…apparently superheroes and their illustrators are both vain folk – their style statement seems to be “look at me, what big strong muscles I have – watch and burn!” No wonder I didn’t get it as a kid ‘coz what kid worries about toned bodies and strong abs at that age?! 🙂

    Hmmm. This leads me to conclude the “body beautiful” quest starts getting embedded in your brain in childhood by adults. I kind of knew that already but nice of Muldoon to point it out and put it in perspective! 🙂

    Huh – what do you know? See comics serve a bigger purpose than just teaching kids about stand-up fight between good and evil, black and white.

    Now, for the other challenge: to come up with similar examples! Huh? Someone up for it? Any one?

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  5. One off-beat news I found today!

    2 UFO sightings have China, blogs abuzz
    From Phil Gast, CNN
    July 17, 2010 — Updated 0058 GMT (0858 HKT)

    (CNN) — Talk about eerie.
    One of two recent UFO sightings in China occurred almost on the 63rd anniversary of news that a “flying disc” had been found in Roswell, New Mexico.
    And like in 1947, people either choose to believe or be skeptical that visitors have stopped by from outer space.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/07/16/china.ufo.reports/?fbid=KJgF8GbNoE1

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  6. Naif Al-Mutawa: Superheroes inspired by Islam

    In “THE 99,” Naif Al-Mutawa’s new generation of comic
    book heroes fight more than crime — they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/naif_al_mutawa_superheroes_inspired_by_islam.html

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  7. Comic Con superheroes set to soar in 2011 and beyond
    By John Gaudiosi
    SAN DIEGO | Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:19pm EDT
    (Reuters) – Comic book movie fans who are mad at Hollywood in a summer season bereft of many superheroes, fear not. Help is on the way.

    As the giant Comic Con pop culture convention neared its end on Sunday, it was clear that the major movie studios have plenty of costumed crime fighters set for adventures in 2011 and beyond with the Green Lantern, Green Hornet, Thor, Captain America and a team of Avengers making their way to theaters.

    This current summer got off to a strong start with Marvel Studios’ movie “Iron Man 2,” but family films such as “Toy Story 3” and “Despicable Me,” as well as vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and more recently sci-fi thriller “Inception” have been the big draws in theaters.

    Next summer promises to be different, judging by the studio hype at Comic Con.

    Warner Bros. expects to elevate DC Comics character, the Green Lantern, to a top-tier superhero. Actor Ryan Reynolds brings to life test pilot Hal Jordan, who joins the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps after he is given a ring with supernatural powers.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66O1YA20100725?feedType=nl&feedName=usmorningdigest

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  8. Comics that struggled as films
    ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’
    (Universal Pictures)
    The visually inventive, video-game-inspired film has an outlandish plot. In short, one man must battle the seven evil of exes of the love of his life. It’s more complex than that, but with off-the-wall humor and elaborately staged martial arts scenes, this big-screen adaption of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic is not the most conventional of romantic comedies. How many, after all, have vegan police and characters who turn into coins?

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-comic-book-film-flops-pictures,0,1081302.photogallery

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  9. Spider-Man gets his new gal in Emma Stone

    LOS ANGELES | Tue Oct 5, 2010 8:41pm EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The sticky web of comic book crime fighter Spider-Man has caught a new gal for a new movie.

    Emma Stone, a 22-year-old starlet who has appeared in movies such as “Zombieland” and the comedy “Easy A,” will play the leading female role of Gwen Stacy in the upcoming action adventure set for release in 2012, Columbia Pictures said on Tuesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69502920101006?feedType=nl&feedName=usmorningdigest

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  10. Images from DC Comics’ Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One, two graphic novels due to be released next. The new Superman comic is by J Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis, while Batman: Earth One is written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Gary Frank

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/8092508/Pictures-of-the-day-28-October-2010.html?image=15

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  11. Superman Renouncing American Citizenship In ‘Action Comics #900’

    Since he crashed down from Krypton 1938, Superman has been as American as apple pie. With the wind rippling over his red and blue costume as he flew through the air, through comic books, TV shows and movies, the Man of Steel has served as a prime representation of all things to which America aspires.

    Now, in a time of great international turmoil, Superman is giving up his national identity.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/28/superman-renouncing-american-citizenship_n_855281.html?ref=fb&src=sp

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  12. ‘Man Of Steel’: Superman Movie Renamed, Michael Shannon Cast As Villain General Zod

    The new Superman movie has its name, and its bad guy.

    Warner Brothers announced on Sunday that the film, now officially titled “Man of Steel,” will feature Michael Shannon as the evil General Zod. He’ll face off against Henry Cavill, the franchise’s new Superman.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/10/man-of-steel-superman-movie_n_847259.html

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