When I was younger, I managed to get my hands on a leather-bound copy of Jeff Rovin’s ‘Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes,’ a totally priceless source of information on the history of superhumans ranging from the obvious (Superman) to the inexplicable (Fruitman) to the utterly ludicrous (Richard Pryor’s NSFW superhero identity from his 1983 stand-up album.) The book contains an explanation/justification of what Rovin’s criteria for super-herodom was during the writing, but makes a point of excluding characters like Indiana Jones and James Bond, while including Tarzan, Conan The Barbarian and Doc Savage. In my mind, the differences between Indiana Jones and Doc Savage (especially as regards their respective superheroic qualities) are very much subjective, and Buck Rogers (who was not covered) is more superhero than Luke Skywalker (who was.)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that a light-saber has the potential to be as much a super-power as Batman’s bottomless checkbook, asking: Could Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones count as superheroes? Why/Why Not?