With most of them I'd say it is because of who they are when they're not in superhero form. Their alter ego tends to be the most non super hero type of person that no one ever pays any attention to. You could argue Lois didn't know Clark is Superman because she never took the time to even really look at Clark.
As I said, I'm not that good with faces, so mild face-blindness is obviously a common feature in real life as well.
Yea I can't say I focus on faces too much either...I'm sure there are plenty of people I know that could become a superhero with a modest disguise and I'd be just as oblivious as people in the Marvel/DC universe.
I can shoot deadly fumes out of my ass. But, then again, I usually just rob banks, so I'm not a hero.
I hear that! I watched part of one of those movies a while back and had no idea who they were supposed to be! Didn't have a clue! I'll stick with the Hulk!
... with facial recognition technology these days, the villians could use that to figure out the "alter ego" and ruin their life without ever confronting them. I mean things like stealing the alter-ego ID, ruining their credit, making it impossible for them to get a job, get a felony record, etc, etc.
Nothing worse than Clark Kent's glasses.
Do you look at your friends when they get new glasses and not recognize them?
"Hey, girl, you got new glasses!" "Hey, dude, you got new glasses, what's with the suit? Are you in process of turning into Supahman?"
EDIT: When Clark Kent goes into a phonebox to change, where the hell does he store his suit, shirt and tie? They would get stolen in five minutes. He is probably paying a zilliard for new outfits each bloody year.
You'd have to ask my husband. He knows all the comic book details.
Put him online, then.
No, he refuses to come back to this site.
He is in a lot better mental health than I am.
I don't know about that. Just talking about this site makes him angry.
Most of the people - myself included in that bunch - are somewhat weird.