July 3, 2013
Why, the Lone Ranger, of course, though an entire generation probably won’t recognize that once-famed exclamation. The solitary lawman created as a radio character during the Great Depression epitomized teetotaling honest values, something of a rarity in the fictionalized Old West.
“I think vigilantism always speaks to people in all eras,” said Rob Weiner, the popular-culture librarian at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock. “That is why superheroes have been so popular for over 75 years; Superman, Batman, Spider-Man are vigilantes.