The American Heritage Dictionary defines a superhero as “A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime.”
Let me set the scene. Here’s a struggling artist in in a struggling economy in a struggling NYC. It’s winter. No one is out shopping. No one can see her art so one one is buying. This is an especially hard month for her, she doesn’t have enough money to cover her rent. When she gets to her studio in the afternoon she laments to her husband about the situation.
She’s depressed about the situation, seeing that there’s no real solution in sight. He tries to cheer her up saying that he’s got invited to a poker game later tonight saying that he’ll try to win her the $500 rent money. Together they laughed at that idea. After the $100 buy-in, the new business contacts he’d be meeting, and the fact he hadn’t played poker in 15 years, he wasn’t sure what he’d be getting himself into.
She went home, he went off to the game at 8pm. She wished him luck, he gave her a kiss over the phone. Later, she went to sleep. Several hours passed. He woke her up from bed at 3am with a kiss and the $500 for her to pay rent. He had won $600. Now that’s a goddam Superhero.