Some newly discovered photos reveal that our beloved comic book celebrities were up to more than we knew about. But there’s a thought-provoking method behind this tongue-in-cheek madness; in fact, a political reality underlying Agan Harahap’s work, Superhistory.
Though Harahap’s “Superhistory” isn’t anything close to the truth, the project itself does evoke some actual falsification practices that existed long before Photoshop. Under Stalin’s Communist regime, those deemed “enemies of the people,” like Leon Trotsky, were not only killed but also erased from official photographs, as if they’d never existed. Harahap’s work is a reminder of how easily the public can be manipulated. In its own way, his series pays homage to real facts and, indeed, to history. Slate
My father was indeed at the Normandy Invasion; and my memories are rife with the stories he had to tell. He never said anything about spotting a Spider-Man at Cherbourg; then again, there was too much excitement going on at the time…most of it very ugly if superheroic.
- ‘Superhistory’ A Wartime Geek Photography Series By Agan Harahap (returntofleet.com)
- Superheroes and villains in history (kottke.org)