Who do you prefer? Captain Ahab, Lord Jim, Huckleberry Finn, Anna Karenina, Sinbad the Sailor, Red Butler, Marshal Rooster Cogburn… the list could be endless. Here, my preferences:
1.- Ulysses or Odysseus was the legendary Greek king of Ithaca, husband of Penelope and father of Telemachus. He was known by the epithet of “the Cunning” due to his intelligence. He fought, together with Achilles and other heros, in the Trojan War, being victorious thanks to the Trojan Horse trick. Afterwards, he spent ten years to return home having very many adventures.
2.- Superman was born in a planet called Krypton. He had a scientific father who sent him to the Earth when their planet was going to be destroyed. Here, a couple of farmers took care of him and taught him a strict behavior. With his superpowers, he tried to help mankind. Superman was created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and his first adventure was published in Action Comics 1.
3.- Spiderman was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962 and published in “Amazing Fantasy”, a comic book. From the beginning, his success was tremendous since the teenagers could identify with this shy student who turned into a powerful superhero similar to Hulk or Iron Man.
4.- The legendary King Arthur is the perfect ruler and has been very popular in France and Britain. His story varied from text to text but Geoffrey of Monmouth’s version is the most important. In the 12th century, Chretien de Troyes added Lancelot and the Holy Grail to the story. The narrative focuses also on the wizard Merlin and other various knights of the Round Table.
5.- The Powerpuff girls were created by Craig McCracken in 1998. Professor Utonium felt alone in his beautiful house of Townsville and he tried to make a perfect girl. However, a mistake caused by the wicked Mojo Jojo gave as a result three babies with superpowers: the clever Blossom (her colour is pink), the nice Bubbles (blue) and the brave Buttercup (green). From then, they have been a success among girls all around the world.
6.- Based on the Greek myth of Amazons, Wonder Woman is a member of a tribe of female warriors. She was created by Marston in 1941 as a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to ‘a world torn by the hatred of men.'” Her superpowers include super strength, super speed, stamina, and flight.
7.- An ordinary woman lives in a poor Russian village where the majority of the people work and suffer in a factory. His son starts to be a protester and she learns from him that it can exist a better world. Finally, she will be an activist heroine too. This book is “the Mother” by Gorky.
8.- To conclude, we must speak about Don Quixote, that insane man, that fanatic Spanish knight, who wanted to help people but who destroy himself reaching, in the end, the eternity.
Enjoy this video about King Arthur’s round table: