When pop-culture figures reach a certain level of success, many of them receive a little pomp and circumstance. Superman’s city of Metropolis is fictional, but that didn’t stop the good people of Metropolis, Ill. from erecting a five-metre-tall statue in his honour. Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky Balboa. And when the City of Detroit wouldn’t pony up for a full-size bronze of RoboCop, a group of concerned citizens decided to crowdfund the project.
It even happens here in Alberta. In the 1990s, the town of Vulcan famously leveraged its nominal (and, frankly, completely tenuous) connection to Star Trek and built a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise near the entrance to town.
But it’s not like this province is lacking for homegrown characters who’ve actually made an impact on pop culture. On the contrary: one of the most popular superheroes ever is a proud Albertan who wears his nationality proudly on his sleeve—often literally, as his civilian outfit of choice involves a solid foundation of red flannel.