In a message dated 5/30/99 12:07:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< On something of a tangent, does anyone has any idea what the mythic
justification for all the secret identities is? Why is it so important that nobody know that Clark Kent is Superman? Why is this such a universal feature of superhero myths? >>
I think it may be a privacy issue, after all if they were to know who Clark Kent really was he would constantly be plagued with people wanting autographs, asking him to bend stuff, taking pictures with the kids....Who needs that? Also I believe it adds mystique' to the character and allows room for character exploration.