As much as we like the superheroes that we're used to, like Iron Man, Batman, and Spider-man, there's always some space left for imagination to think of new ones. And who's more qualified to imagine new heroes than children? And thus, children from various countries were given a task that would be daunting for most adults: to create new superheroes. And they answered the call to the challenge, just like superheroes themselves.
Children and superheroes have a reciprocal relationship, a bond of sorts that goes together like salt and pepper. Children have an ability to create unique and original things from their unlimited imagination, and they frequently draw inspiration from the heroes of comic books. Kids are also inspired by heroic deeds, and dream of becoming heroes themselves. Superheroes, on the other hand, would probably be nothing without the children who believe in them the most, that buy their comic books, talk their parents into watching movies with them, and buy their toys.
So, the "best kids stuff" put two and two together and created the best stuff for the kids, by the kids. They hired a professional illustrator to recreate the original superheroes that the children had imagined. You can judge the result yourself, but what's important is to reflect the evolution of what children find inspiring nowadays. It's interesting how children think about the issues that we're facing today: some heroes respond to health crises, others to environmental and ecological disasters, and some are just so original that they force you to think "why wasn't this thought of before?" In any case, have a pleasant read! Huzzah!
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“Rosie The Rainbow Sparkle Covid Nurse” By Hannah (Aged 8, England)
The Atomic Age gave us The Atom. The Coronavirus Age? Rosie the Rainbow Sparkle Covid Nurse! When she chants “Rainbow cat power!” her cat Shadow shoots rainbows at all the naughty Covid,
transferring it to Rosie’s hair bow for safe storage. Rosie also has a dragon called Spark, mostly for good company.
“Ossh” (Ocean Saving Superhero) By Harry (Aged 11, England)
Our oceans are valuable, and there can’t be too many underwater superheroes in the world. OSHH is a super-modern superhero whose gun sucks up plastic from the ocean and turns it into oxygen. The hero’s wetsuit is camouflaged to keep him safe, and – this is very cool – his rocket boots not only help him to swim faster but to walk along underwater cavern walls.
“Super Doctor” (Super Doctora) By Helena (Aged 7, Argentina)
The world’s doctors do a stunning job, but it’s harder than ever to get an appointment. Step in Super Doctor – there’s no waiting on hold because she senses sick children telepathically! Before you can say ‘home visit,’ Super Doctora will arrive on her flying board with her super magical backpack full of healing tools. If the patient wakes up during treatment, Super Doctor’s fairy sidekick will keep them amused with stories and jokes.
“Sheep-Man” By Wyatt (Aged 5, England)
Somewhere in England, a mysterious farmer grows a coat of wool at a moment’s notice to become – Sheep-Man! Sheep-Man roams the fields on his Super Tractor (sheep don’t fly) with sidekick Lamb-Girl, protecting farm animals by shooting wool at aliens and baddies. Origin story? Bitten by a sheep.
“Vanessa” By Viola (Aged 11, Ukraine)
Do you ever secretly wish for a superhero to come to save you? Keep wishing! Vanessa can read minds and uses her antennae to detect when good people need helping and bad people need stopping. She
might not be able to fly, but Vanessa can jump really far, and her coterie of small fairies and elves are never far behind her.
“Swashbuckler Man” (Super Espadachín) By Martin (Aged 8, Spain)
Swashbuckler Man’s golden sabers are this masked hero’s special feature. If he throws them, they come back, and they have the power to surround Super Espadachín’s enemies with power rays! While he can’t fly, Swashbuckler Man is very good at jumping and can spin and tumble in the air to gain an advantage over even the biggest of foes.
“Super Ice” (Super Hielo) By Dante (Aged 5, Argentina)
Another very timely hero, Super Ice’s stated objective is to put out forest fires by flying above and shooting water bombs. This is especially brave when you consider he’s made of ice! Thankfully, Super Hielo can recharge and make himself giant by drinking river water. Super Ice’s four-legged friend is a giant ice dog who shoots icy x-rays from his eyes.
“Sea Rescuer” By Elias (Aged 9, Greece)
Like a subaquatic Batman, Sea Rescuer uses gadgets and wit to rescue people instead of relying on supernatural powers. Gadgets include powerful arm and leg flippers and a light-emitting disk on his chest for seeing in the dark or stormy weather. Despite his name, Sea Rescuer is willing to diversify into ocean, river, and lake rescue.
“Crypton” By Jacob (Aged 10, Philippines)
Who needs a sidekick when you can clone yourself? Crypton wears green stormproof spandex and can multiply himself to help more people at once. And thanks to his teleporter watch, he needn’t waste money on multiple airfares to get him to where he’s needed. Crypton uses his superpowers to heal people and nature, getting rid of the hurt and making the air smell better.
“Andrey” By Nadya (Aged 6, Ukraine)
¡Vamos! Idemo! Вперед! Whatever language you use, there’s no more thrilling call to action than “let’s go!” This is the catchphrase of Andrey, 6yo Nadya’s unpretentious flying superhero. Tune in each week to see Andrey yell “superpower – let’s go!” at his normcore sidekick, Mike.