Much hilarity (for some values of hilarity, anyway) has been made about how flimsy a shield against discovery Clark Kent’s glasses are, but there’s a bigger question at play: Was the secret identity ever something that could work?  Modern stories only touch on the concept as a plot point, and many of them overtly mock the idea that a superhero could keep their secrets in a modern age of cell phone cameras and NSA surveillance.  Even Justice League Unlimited, a show that embraced many traditions of comic-book storytelling, highly implied that Amanda Waller (and by extension, the government) knew exactly who was under the cowl of The Batman, leading to today’s alter-egotistical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is, however, still infuriated by TV Barry Allen seemingly telling every person in Central City in alphabetical order, asking: Does the secret identity matter anymore?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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1 Comment

  1. September 9, 2016 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    It only matters if writers have patience and vision to make it matter, which means it doesn’t matter at all in modern comics.

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