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The Superheroes With Their Masks That "Saved" the World!

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The Superheroes With Their Masks That “Saved” the World!

In the world of Marvel Comics and DC Comics (Detective Comics), the majority of the protagonists have one thing in common. They wear a mask as a condition to save the world. Batman, Spiderman, and Iron Man are just a few examples. However, masked heroes are not a new idea. The appearance of Zorro in 1920, from the era of silent cinema, was the precursor of masked heroes on the big screen.

The Masked Men

The “Man-Bat” or Batman was first released in 1939 by DC Comics. In its 80 years of release, it has undergone several changes, but one element has remained stable—his mask. With a single visible point in his mouth, Batman went down in history as the hero of Gotham City, wearing a black mask with pointed bat ears, fights, and punishes crime. The real person behind the mask is called Bruce Wayne, and he is an American billionaire, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. He may not go to a casino like you possibly do. He may not have the endless time of fun playing roulette, baccarat, slots, and he may not care to win the massive amount of money Jackpots have, but he will fight for justice. The superhero was created by cartoonist Bob Kane and author Bill Finger. Even though he doesn’t have a superpower, he had combat skills and access to technology.
Another Marvel Comic superhero who has won the hearts of young and old with his characteristic red and gold mask is Iron Man. As in other heroes, so in Iron Man, the mask is part of his wider costume, which provides him with several supernatural abilities, such as supersonic flight, omnipotence, and endurance.
The “spider-man” could not be missing from the list of masked superheroes. The mask that covers his whole face hides the true identity of Peter Parker. The holes at eye level are made of glass so that he does not allow others to see his eyes, while he even changes his voice because of its thickness so that no one can recognize him. Although the red-blue design is the most characteristic of his uniform, over the years, there have been various variations, with the most impressive being the black version.
The masked heroes of the cinema One of the most iconic figures of big screen masked heroes are Zorro. The character first appeared in American literature in 1919 by the American writer Johnston McCulley. It was first released in cinemas in 1920 with The Mark of Zorro. Zorro in 2020 seems conservative, but in his time, the costume was what it needed to charm the audience and make it sought after on Halloween! The punisher of abusive power appears with a simple black mask that ties around the top of his head. His appearance is completed with the cape and the black sombrero. As with later superheroes, Zorro uses his mask to conceal his true identity.
But apart from being a superhero, the mask is often seen in movies by protagonists who want to hide a deformity or malformation in their faces. A typical case is a French novel and later musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” in which the “ghost” is a former magician who always appears with his mask, which covers the deformed part of his face. In the novel, the mask was a black cloth, in contrast to its white version in the musical. However, in both cases, the mask covers half of the character’s face, revealing his deformed lips and missing eyebrow. This particular mask made the “ghost” one of the most recognizable stage characters of all time.
A similar use of a mask can be found in the modern film “The Elephant Man” (1980) by David Leeds, which tells the true story of a seriously deformed man. John Merrick, as he is called, is ashamed of his face, and to avoid ridicule, he hides his face with his special mask. A linen cloth that covers his entire head, with only one hole to see and breathe.
Horror movies are a special place for masked protagonists. Here the goal is to scare the public and not to hide. One of the highest-grossing films of its kind was Wes Craven’s Scream, in which a serial killer wears a ghost-like mask. The black and white mask depicts a crying skull, hidden behind a black hood.
The Guy Fawkes, aka Guido Fawkes, was an English soldier and member of a group of conspirators who organized the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605.
An the American thriller V for Vendetta, the mask of Guy Fawkes is the one worn by the London protesters, which even began to appear in real demonstrations around the world after the success of the film. The Guy Fawkes mask became a symbol of the hacker group “Anonymous” and is one of the most recognizable time.
The Joker figure in the movie of the same name had a similar impact, in which the protagonist does not use a mask but turns his face into a clown with the help of make-up. Following the film’s worldwide success, the Joker figure was released in a mask and used by protesters as a symbol of disobedience.

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