Simbolo (Symbol)

Real Name: Unknown

Identity/Class: Normal human (seemingly)

Occupation: Superhero

Affiliations: other superheroes from "Superhuman Legion" such as Mr. Victory and King Power; an unnamed friend who runs a hardware shop for superheroes

Enemies: Vordo (only mentioned); Gulga (seen, it is a monster)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unnamed city

First Appearance: Simbolo (Troglo Comics Ltd. and Factory, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: some kind of force field, superhuman strength (maybe)

History: Simbolo is a little known hero who prefers to work alone; in fact when he joins the Superhuman Legion all the attention is focused on King Power and Mr. Victory, who have been working as superheroes for fifty years. He is asked to form a new superhero team (the Four Stars Team) by training some young guys, but the results are awful: the boys are, in turn: Steroidvictory (a guy that looks and acts just like Mr. Victory), King Power II (a fan of King Power with a homemade costume), and an idiot who tries to do Mr. Victory's parody.

Simbolo loses a battle against the monstrous Gulga, and later asks the talent scout (that is, superhero-scout) of the Superhuman Legion for a new job. The man tells him his powers are too weird and that he is unknown to the people, and so asks him to work with other existing heroes: it's the only way to become a well known hero.

In the end, a window cleaner is falling off a skyscraper and Simbolo saves him with his force field, even if nobody has seen him doing that and he will gain nothing from this job. Simbolo is happy with this and decides that it is better to accomplish simple tasks by yourself rather than save the world because you are forced to.

Comments: The hero of an independent comic created by writer Diego Cajelli and artist Luca Bertelé. Simbolo has only had one appearance.

"Simbolo" means "symbol" in Italian, and in fact his adventure is meant to be symbolic. Simbolo's story (as far as I can understand, since this is not explained by the authors) is a metaphor of the comic artist's activity and of the market of comics.

All the characters in this story are references to phenomena from the world of comics:

Simbolo says that he didn't want to become a hero to imitate others, but that he was born a hero, with superpowers, and didn't remember how he could get them. This means that the authors didn't want to become comic artists because some other told them, but because they really loved comics since they were children (I think).

The name "Simbolo" may also be a reference to the symbol on Simbolo's costume, a sort of black 'O' on his torso and belt. When he uses his force field power, this oval symbol appears. I don't know if creating a hero so visually anonymous is another metaphor.

Profile by Federico "Boyakki" Tiraboschi.


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