Article: The Superhero as a reactionary archetype

I want to point out the obvious and state superheroes are secular demigods.

Even progressive Wikipedia acknowledges this, citing the Scarlet Pimpernel as the first superhero. Yes, Sir Percy Blakeney, a British baronet who rescues individuals sentenced to death by the French Republic, is the first hero in Western literature to fight evil in secret under a heroic moniker concealed under a buffoonish alter-ego in order to protect his true identity. Mild-mannered Clark Kent is a slightly modernized version of Blakeney the idiot.

I love Sir Percy and cannot wait until the copyright expires on the character so we can see a steady stream of films about him. Tom Hiddleston would be a good choice.