In recent years many comics have tried, seriously and facetiously, to address the impact of superheroes on world events. Others attempt to explain why the heroes didn’t affect events; Earth-2’s Hitler found a mystic artifact that kept the JSA at bay.
But what about the broader culture? How would the characters and conventions associated with superheroes affect the cultural world?
Oh, yeah. We’d read pirate comic books.1
1. E2’s Chainstore suggested the reference to Watchmen.