This is what happens when the Superhero Sunday posts get left to me. You asked for it, people.
Yes, every little boy needs a hero to look up to, and while this week sees the release of the latest Superman film, it’s important to remember that there are other heroes out there, and who better to focus on today than Radioactive Man?
The nuclear nice-guy has appeared in several episode of The Simpsons, as early on as the second ever episode ‘Bart The Genius’ when Bart finds it stuffed in between larger, more impressive books on the bookshelf at the ‘Enriched Learning Center for Gifted Children’.
Clearly, he was already a fan, and the comic book and its eponymous superhero have featured at the heart of some classic episodes – even getting his own feature length film (well, sort of) in the Season 7 episode, ‘Radioactive Man’.
So how did Claude Kane II end up with his radioactive powers? Well, as explained in the episode ‘Three Men and a Comic Book’ where Martin, Milhouse and and Bart pool their cash to buy the first ever issue of Radioactive Man, he was caught up in an atom bomb test when his clothes were snagged on barbed wire, after which he developed nuclear superpowers:
Totally plausible. Since then, Radioactive Man comics have become a regular feature in The Simpsons and really, couldn’t we all stand to be a little more like him?