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Johnson, Ryan: "In One Blow. The Futility of Nietzsche in One-Punch Man." In: The Phoenix Papers 4.1 (2018), <https://fansconference. ... 8/08/12-In-One-Blow.pdf> (21. Juli 2021) 
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BibTeX citation key: Johnson2018b
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Keywords: "One-Punch Man", Japan, Manga, Murata. Yusuke, Nietzsche. Friedrich, ONE, Parody, Superhero
Creators: Johnson
Collection: The Phoenix Papers
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Abstract
To say that Superman owes something of his existence to Friedrich Nietzsche’s conception of the Übermensch is not exactly a groundbreaking insight. The name itself, “Superman,” is one of several standard translations of the German term. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation and the four-colored figures that followed in his footsteps all descend, at least in part, from this conception of the ideal man. Initially, almost every one of these all-surpassing comic book demigods were seen as inherently positive; superior visions of humanity dedicated to the protection and uplifting of mere mortals because it was the right thing to do. Subsequent generations of comics readers and artists were less satisfied with the simple, altruistic vision of superhumanity, however, and contemplated how such fantastically overwhelming power might actually manifest itself in the real world of moral uncertainty and human frailty. Alan Moore in particular has been regularly cited (by scholars such as Iain Thomson, Matthew Wolf-Meyer, and many others) as shattering the concept of superheroes with his radically deconstructive comic Watchmen. Yet Moore’s grim vision of the real-world consequences of spectacular super-humans is not the only attempt at coming to terms with the Übermensch. Though far more lighthearted in tone, the manga One-Punch Man not only parodies the superhero genre as a whole, but acts as a direct critique of the Overman. By casting the hero Saitama as the perfect superior individual, and then exploring the unintended implications of such a condition, the mangaka ONE and Yusuke Murata show just how pointless Nietzsche’s Overman actually is.
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