Mike Gold: The Secret Identity Myth, part 1

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, www.getthepointradio.com and on iNetRadio, www.iNetRadio.com (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check www.getthepointradio.com above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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6 Responses

  1. Jonathan (the other one) says:

    “Of course I have a secret identity. I don’t know a single superhero who doesn’t. I mean, who wants the pressure of being super all the time?”

    – Mr. Incredible, in a television interview

  2. mike weber says:

    You are, perhaps, talking about The Shadow?

  3. John Young says:

    I think the idea of a secret Identity in the real world does not make sense. In the world of fantasy and comics, the identity does make sense, you are trying to protect your loved ones, and Superman needs the identity so he can walk among men, and get away from the cosmic calamities, so he does not become truly separated from human life. All these ideas help in adding to the fantasy world that they can escape from the superhero role by simply using a mask, or glasses, a change of clothing. It’s so simple, it is not meant to be “real”, or “mirror life”. We forget that comics were originally for kids, and with kid eyes, and kid thinking this all made sense then. Embrace the child view, secret identities are cool.

  4. I really look forward to it. Could you please alert us when you do post it :).

    I am so glad my Google Alert told me about this, among my rumors about Zakk Snyder’s Man Of Steel.

    You are quite apt and perceptive. It’s a true blessing that we live in the halcyon days of comic book geek culture.

  5. Bytowner says:

    You make a good point in this: the moving-away from the secret ID trope seems to have been in progress for at least thirty years if not more.

    Although with Batman Inc., even Bruce Wayne seems to have decided that his day is coming and that he’d better get pro-active about dictating the terms of public perception once that day finally arrives. Whether the day comes at a moment of his choosing or that of someone else…well, he may have decided to start planning to make the exact timing his own choice too, if it’s going to happen anyway.

    Depending on writer Morrison’s plans and how DC Editorial reacts to them, of course.