In Superman's dualistic world, chaos and human suffering are the result of individual criminals who violate established rules of authority, rogue nations seeking to conquer the world and impose "undemocratic" principles on its citizenry, or corrupt political or business leaders lured from good by the base instincts of greed and lust for power. For Americans the black and white comic book fantasies provided escape from an increasingly complex reality and encouraged a simplistic view of cataclysmic changes both in American society and the world at large. Within this dualistic context, Superman is presented as a redemptive figure: the hero who saves the American people specifically, but the world in general, from the destructive elements of a world full of sin and corruption.
Wehrly '95, Elayne, "The Role of Supeman in American Culture: 1938 to 1955" (1995). Honors Projects. Paper 24.