In the world of comic-books and superheroes, there exists the mantle of the Legacy Hero: a persona so awe-inspiring and mythic that it grows beyond the individual who creates it, and eventually is passed along to a worthy heir, who adds to the legend and passes it along in turn.
It is safe to say that James Brown - the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Soul Brother Number One - created a legacy so powerful and primal that it could only possibly be surpassed by that of his most attendant pupil. The boy who danced in Brown's shadow. The man who walked on the moon and eclipsed everyone, including his mentor.
More colorful than any four-color character could wish to be, the Godfather of Soul and the King of Pop were both legacy heroes...and they were both superbad.