Edited by Rosario López Gregoris and Cristóbal Macías Villalobos
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 23] 2020
► pp. 1–17
From Hero to Superhero
The Update of an Archetype
This paper offers an analysis of the interpretative keys of the character of the superhero in comic books, in comparison with those of the hero of Classical Antiquity. It is not only that both characters come to play similar functions in their respective fictional universes, but there is also a genetic link between the latter and the former. And this relationship is two-way, since this dependency determines the contemporary rewritings of the ancient hero in comic books. Taking El héroe (The Hero), by the Spanish scriptwriter David Rubín, as a case study, this paper tries to exemplify that relationship, according to which an ancient hero such as Hercules immediately evokes the typical features of the superhero of comic book.