The Good Men Project, a website I'm honored to be affiliated with (as a frequent contributor and now an editor-at-large), is currently running a series of articles on heroes and heroism, two of which feature superheros in particular:
- "The Man Without Fear: Heroism and Elementary School" is by my good friend Dr. Matt Finch (and originally appeared at another great site, Role/Reboot). Matt uses the story from Daredevil #7 (in which Matt has to lead a group of blind children through a raging snowstorm after their bus crashes) to explore the challenges he's encountered with teaching small children. (And he was kind enough to mention in the piece that I suggested that particular comic to him--he even immortalized the day in tumblr form.)
- "Why I Read Superhero Comics" is my own contribution to the section, explaining how the best superhero comics can inspire by reminding us that everyone has the capacity to be a hero in some small way, and that my favorite superhero stories feature heroes confronting dilemmas similar to those we face in the real world, problems that must be solved using reason and judgment rather than powers or gadgets.