Confidence and success are thought to go hand in hand. If you feel good about yourself, then you’re more likely to achieve what you want in life. But confidence isn’t a limitless resource and there are times when everyone has struggled with low self-esteem. Superheroes are just as prone to losing their self-worth, which is why they are relatable. It’s even more devastating when your superpowers are linked to self-belief. A comic character who represents this concept is Gladiator. Considered to be one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe, Gladiator is only as strong as he believes himself to be.
In the modern day, mental health is an important issue, with people becoming more comfortable talking about it. But there are many who still struggling with their disorders or feel afraid to talk about it for fear of being judged. This feeling is common among young men, which is why The Comic Vault advocates mental health positivity. A male character who reflects feelings of inadequacy and guilt is Speedball. His struggle to overcome his mental health issues is a poignant journey that deserves to be looked at it more detail.