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A Brief History of Superhero Dads

Paul Ramey June 21, 2022

“I Love You 3000” – Super Dads Save the Day!

What wouldn’t a father do for his child?

The story of the most popular superhero of all time began with a final, hopeful sacrifice made by his own father. Aware that the planet Krypton is on the brink of ultimate destruction, Jor-El launched his baby son, Kal-El, on a one-way rocket ship journey to planet Earth. There, an Earth family – Jonathan and Martha Kent – would adopt and raise young Kal-El as their own son Clark. Eventually his inherent Kryptonian powers – as well as the decency and moral fortitude inspired by his adopted human family – would single him out as a hero for the ages: Superman!

When it came time for Tony Stark – a.k.a. Iron Man – to wield the mighty infinity glove in the Marvel Avengers movie Endgame, front and center in his heart were his friends and family, including his own daughter, Morgan. With a snap of infinity stones, Iron Man finally destroyed the evil Thanos and brought back all the lives originally lost to Thanos’ bleak whim (half of all life in the universe).

Beforehand, as the truth of his fate was becoming clear, Tony had recorded a goodbye message to his daughter with the hope that his sacrifice would bring her back. At his funeral, in the presence of the restored Morgan, the tape was played. His final words to her were “I love you 3000”. 

There are no fathers like god fathers! Nowhere is that truer than in the Marvel-Norse tales of Thor and his one-eyed (but all-seeing) father. King Odin, ruler of Asgard and tough-love father, must prepare his arrogant son to be a worthy successor to the throne for when the day comes.

To that end, Odin banished Thor Odinson to Midgard – planet Earth – to teach him a lesson in humbleness and hopefully instill a bit of kingly wisdom. Ironically, it took a failed attempt to conquer the Nine Realms by Odin’s mischievous, adopted other son, Loki, to finally bring father and son together.

You don’t earn a nickname like Mister Fantastic without “stretching” the extra distance for your offspring. The leader of Marvel’s most remarkable superpowered quartet (The Fantastic Four), Reed Richards also fathered a superpowered kid with wife Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman).

With the ability to bend reality itself, Franklin Richards has certainly had his share of cosmic-level growing pains over the years. But through it all, stretchy super dad Reed has always been there to try and help him shape his own future. 

Sacrifice. Tough Love. Inspiration. Sound familiar? 

Everyday dads may not wear capes. Perhaps not every father ranks up there as a high-ranking deity. But one thing is certain…

Every father is a SUPERHERO.

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Paul Ramey

Paul Ramey is a OneBlood Graphic Designer, as well as a published author (Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire). Paul is very proud to be part of OneBlood’s lifesaving team.

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