No one was ever comparing Tarzan to Superman.
Batman vs Superman, sure. That’s been an ongoing debate. Although the answer is obvious!
Tarzan isn’t even a superhero, really. No one was ever debating whether he was better or more gentlemanly than Superman.
Until these guys blew the lid off the whole thing and wrote a song about it. It went to #56 on Billboards Hot 100 in 1991. And it solved the whole thing, before it even started. They prefer Superman, is the gist.
It’s been pointed out that Superman is different than other superheroes.
Bill: Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.”
― Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill
And it’s worth noting that it’s a good thing that Superman looked like a human movie star and not like most aliens. He would have needed much more than thick glasses to blend in if he looked like most other aliens.
Neither of them cared about money. They were just doing their thing as best they could. And trying to help other people! One day at a time!
Are You Superman? Or should you be running for the jungle?
Superman got a regular job. Tarzan hid in the jungle, where it’s nice!
Everyone would rather go to the jungle, if they really knew what it was like. It’s better. Studies show this. That’s the whole point.
In the jungle you don’t really need to worry about anything. Commuting or criminals or electricity or any of that modern crap we’re all forced to deal with. It’s warm there, and you can go swimming.
But we stay here and fight it out, because we are noble. Like Superman. We’re just doing our duty. Even though there’s no point to it.
It’s not about us!
We’re doing it for other people!
And those people are doing it for other people!
It goes on and on!
It’s a bit of a vicious circle, really.
Until somebody decides to stop the madness, and you just go for it!
And you get to the jungle, and someone welcomes you. And then tells you you’re gonna die!