I was watching the news of Saddam Hussein’s arrest this morning, and after the more typical thoughts, the inevitable geeky one came to me…

Comics such as The Watchmen and Astro City take seriously the implications of superheroes for everyday life. That is, they explore a world fundamentally changed by the presence of metahumans. To a lesser degree, more mainstream titles such as Marvels, Kingdom Come, JLA: Welcome to the Work Week, and even the “Clubhouse of Solitude” story in the Bizarro Comics anthology (Wait… We’ve never reviewed that here?) do the same– though those titles left me wondering how the DC and Marvel universes could even remotely resemble ours, given the degree of fantastic activity and sophisticated technology. Even the existence of Superman mean a world with several fewer disasters and an answer to questions regarding extra-terrestrial life. Peter Parker’s spidey-webbingTM would have numerous workaday applications. And what are the implications for fashion, when the trend-setters prefer spandex in primary colours?

In short, how would (insert current/historical event of choice) be entirely changed by the mere presence of familiar superheroes and supervillains?