One of the most fun things about this art project of making superhero paper cutouts for my son are all the obscure choices he makes. You’d think a young kid would just pick the most famous/marketed stars of the DC world, with some of the less famous getting selected due to prominent placement in cartoons (like the Teen Titans or Young Justice). But not my guy, who is always surprising me with some of his offbeat selections.
(Now, if you’re a comic fan, you may be saying to yourself “Black Lightning and Stargirl, or [insert name here] aren’t obscure”! But keep in mind, my kid is five years old — and was four when most of these were picked — so he doesn’t exactly have the same level of experience with these characters as you do).
And I want to stress that he picked all of these himself. So, yes, a preschooler decided he needed The Creeper and The Demon Etrigan on his bedroom wall (he loves chanting “gone, gone the son of man…”). Honestly, if I was picking, I can’t say I’d have done many of these (maybe Captain Marvel Jr and Black Lightning). Instead, I’d probably be much more systematic with my choices, wanting to fill out rosters of each team or show before moving on to the next.
But these are fun, colourful, interesting characters that have all appealed to my kid at different times in different ways. I think that’s the biggest fun for him of this world: there’s always a new part of it and new characters to discover. So while there are still a few more significant names that I’d like to check off the list, don’t surprised when someone a bit out of left field shows up in your Dashboard. Hope you enjoy.