Good morning, everyone! I woke up this morning in a cold sweat realizing that I had totally forgotten to write this post and I have barely an hour before work soo...let's do it.
Fathers. They're incredibly important to the welfare of a family and absolutely pivotal in raising children. Again, these aren't necessarily the BEST fathers out there...but they're awesome nonetheless...
Of course, this being from the same mind that writes The Walking Dead, there's more to the story than just a simple father-son relationship...I don't want to spoil it, so definitely check this series out.
Bruce Banner (Hulk)
Huh. Who would've thought that the Incredible Hulk would have ever become a dad? Yup, Bruce Banner's emerald alter-ego married and became a father during the Planet Hulk storyline.
At least, until his planet was destroyed and killing his beloved bride and unborn child (or so he thought on that last part...) Hulk did what any father would have done: punched his way back to Earth with a small army of survivors and declare war on the planet, leveling most of New York and bringing most of his former friends to their knees. Even every X-Men ever combined was not able to tame his anger...as Wolverine finds out the hard way.
After capturing the likes of Reed Richards, Doctor Strange, Tony Stark and others, he forced them into cages and slave collars and even into fighting each other just like he endured during his forced exile.
Although the war ended with Banner once again de-Hulk and with his son Skaar arriving on Earth for revenge against his green father...only to find Bruce there, who took his son in and even worked on training him how to fight and kill the Hulk whenever he finally returns.
The funny thing, even though a returned Green Scar Hulk nearly killed Skaar and they eventually overcame their rage to accept and embrace each other, this relationship is STILL better than the one Bruce had with his own father. Crazy.
Stepfather and former sidekick for a teenage hero, Pat Dugen was greatly disliked by his stepdaughter, Courtney Whitmore. When Courtney finds Sylvester Pemberton's cosmic converter belt in her stepfather's belongings, she donned the costume in order to annoy her new old man as partial revenge for marrying her mother and (supposedly) forcing the family to move away from Los Angeles to Nebraska.
However, not only was Pat somewhat supportive of his stepdaughter becoming a superhero, he even design a giant walking tank-- S.T.R.I.P.E (Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer)--that allowed him to help protect her by becoming her sidekick.
Not too bad for a stepdad, huh?
Raising kids is hard, and not everyone is cut out to be a parent...but what happens when you have to raise an alien god? Just ask ol' Jonathan "Pa" Kent. When baby Kal-El fell into his and his wife's lap (almost literally), they knew they had something special on their hands. Somehow, through love, devotion and hard work, they raised the kid up that would become Clark Kent into the Superman we all know and love today. In fact, we have seen just how important they play into how Superman acts as Superman--with the New 52 version of him being far more brutal and aggressive without a loving set of parents and a strong father figure in his life to help him temper him and keep him humble.
Unfortunately, Jonathan ended up passing away, something even his all-powerful son wasn't able to prevent, but with him, a legacy began with what ended up becoming Earth's greatest superhero.
Sometimes, the greatest dads aren't even your dad--adopted or otherwise. Uncle Ben was handed the role of father to a very young Peter Parker and did his best to raise him as his own despite already past his prime. Doing everything he could to teach him how to be a good, strong man.
Unfortunately for Peter, he tossed the teachings and morals from his only father-figure out the window when he was bitten by a radioactive spider and granted amazing powers. When trying to use his powers for personal gain, Peter ignored a brief chance to make a difference by stopping a crook and...well, we all know what happened from there.
Haunted by the guilt of being responsible for allowing the man who would kill his uncle to escape, Peter changed Spider-Man from a gimmick that could make him rich and famous to one of Marvel's greatest heroes.
Ben's untimely and tragic taught Peter one final lesson: with great power comes great responsibility.
Well, that's it for this round of heroic fathers in comics. Want more? Have anything you want me to discuss? Let me know in the comments.
Have a great Father's Day!