The Aristocrat as Reformer
It is useful to look closely at the origin tale for Batman. Like Superman's origin tale it takes but two pages to compress a lifetime before the emergence of the hero. The first page of the origin tale is dominated by a massive figure of Batman in costume and the title "The Legend of the Batman -- Who he is and how he came to be!" The story involves the brutal murder by a stick-up man of Thomas Wayne and his wife as they were returning one night, with Bruce, from a movie. As the caption reads in the panel which shows the dead parents, "the boy's eyes are wide with terror and shock as the horrible scene is spread before him." He says, "Father...Mother!...Dead! They're d...dead."