Why secret IDs? WAS Re: dr suess on the loose...

Raymond G. Van De Walker (rgvandewalker@juno.com)
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 14:31:19 PDT

>On something of a tangent, does anyone has any idea what the mythic
>justification for all the secret identities is? Why is it so
>that nobody know that Clark Kent is Superman? Why is this such a
>universal feature of superhero myths?


  1. You can't be prosecuted for wrongful arrest, or any other anti-vigilanteism statute.
  2. So you can be loved for yourself, instead of what you can do.
  3. So you can have a private life.
  4. So that your loved-ones are not kidnapped to coerce you.
  5. So that the bad guys can't surveil you.
  6. So you can't be sued if you accidentally drop that train on the trestle.


  1. You can't charge for your service!
  2. You can't get insurance!
  3. They can't page you!

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