Superheroes and Soap Operas

My current Facebook status is “Nicole thinks that there is a fine line between soap operas and superhero comics.”

I learned this yesterday. Examples:

Example 1: Death

On Days of our Lives, villian Stefano DiMera “has faked his death or been reported dead by others eleven times during the series’ history, coming back each time to taunt the citizens of Salem.”

In the Superman comic, “Superman’s death-like manner set into motion a series of resurrections in the DC Universe. Green Arrow, Donna Troy, Elongated Man, Hal Jordan, Metamorpho, Jason Todd, and others have experienced comic book deaths and resurrections. These events have been attributed to the door between life and death being kept open since Superman died.”

Example 2: Multiples

Mike Horton, a character on Days of our Lives, has been played by multiple actors. (Roark Critchlow was my personal favorite.) According to Wikipedia, “Mike has the honor of being the most recast character in Days of our Lives history, having been played by sixteen different actors since his character’s birth in 1968. He’s also been the most constantly aged and deaged, with his age now somewhere in his mid-40s. His most well known (and longest lasting) portrayers were Wesley Eure from 1974 to 1981, Michael T. Weiss from 1985 to 1990, and Roark Critchlow from April 1994 to November 1999.”

In various versions and adaptations of the Batman comics, the mantle of Robin has been held by more fictional characters than I have room to list here, one of those being Bruce Wayne himself, in an earlier version of an older comic, which was later edited to remove any evidence that Bruce Wayne had been Robin.

Example 3: Supercouples

Luke and Laura

Batman and Catwoman

I rest my case.

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3 thoughts on “Superheroes and Soap Operas

  1. Coley says:

    I have always found it rather comical that just when they get comfortable, thinking Salem is safe from Stefano’s torment, he reemerges from the grave to begin another round of confused identities and faked deaths. It is what makes soap operas so awesome!I did find out after I wrote this post that the creators of DOOL are talking about cancelling the show in the next year.

  2. Emily says:

    okay, we’re twins yet again! This is the only soap i ever watched 🙂 it got me through college, but i haven’t watched it much since…still, when i turn it on, it’s like i haven’t really missed anything 🙂

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