"The book looks at the evolution of the superhero through the early Egyptian, Greek and Roman myths to the modern era." -Wikipedia
Like many boys I read comic books as a kid. Watched all the James Bond movies, too (my heroes, at five, were Sean Connery and Elvis). Years later I wondered why superheroes existed, and when I discovered the history of comic books I found all the founders and writers were unpopular nerds and geeks. They freely admitted the fantasy of the superhero was wish fulfillment for them. Superheroes are in a sense gods, just like Thor and Odin and Heracles...who today are in comic books.
The same applies to the concept of the "Alpha." I've pointed out before it is a comic-book concept, a wish fulfillment for unpopular guys who don't know how to talk to women or act around them. I keep wondering, "Did they not have fathers? Uncles? Older friends? No mentors at all? Are women today so screwed up and so nasty that young men hope acting like comic-book heroes might give them a leg up?"
The Alpha, in a sense, is a god to be imitated. Some people in the past wanted to imitate Jesus; now they hallucinate shit tests, "Game," despised "Betas" and exalted "Alphas." Since gods are sacred, when I point out their many flaws, the belivers have seizures, and I am of course profane for poking at those flaws.
As John D. McDonald wrote, "People are herd animals, social and imitative." And who do they often imitate? "Leaders." (After all, look at how many parents are horrified at who their children imitate!)
Here is the god to be imitated: "ALPHA: The alpha is the tall, good-looking guy, who is the center or both male and female attention. The classic star of the football team who is dating the prettiest cheerleader. The successful business executive with the beautiful, stylish, blonde, size-zero wife. All the women are attracted to him, while all the men want to be him or least be his friend. At a social gathering like a party, he is the loud, charistatmic guy telling self-flatteriong stories to a group of attractive women who are listening with interest. However, Alphas are only interested ih women to the extent they exist for the Alpha's grattification, physical and psychological, they are actually more concerned with overall group status."
In reality this god-to-be-imitated does not exist. The closest is a narcissist/sociopath/psychopath. What fool would imitate this?
The best an "Alpha" can be is a man who is the best and happiest he can be (well-being achieved by excellence), who is a protector/provider, who fixes/repairs, who discovers/invents, who innovates, who pushes boundaries too see what's there, who founds and maintains civilizations. It has nothing to do with the comic-book definition.
A women mentioned to me once she considered the philosophy of the Manosphere to be the male equivalent of female romance novels, and I agree. And much of it is no more realistic than women's romance novels.
I kept seeing Fabio on one hand, and Travis McGee on the other. Both ain't realistic at all. They're for adolescents, not adults.
For boys it's all about power and control - not so much over others, but over yourself. To be immune, which is power. To have armor, like Ironman or Spawn. To be able to protect yourself, like Wolverine.
Not so far in the past there were mentors and rites of passage that took care of removing boys from the feminine and introducing them to the world of men. Not anymore. They can't get away from the feminine, and women are too stupid and deluded to realize they've cut their own throats.
And now we have confused semi-adults offering bad advice for the young, and the young too confused to tell the good from the bad.
Now boys today cannot escape the feminine, which is why the Manosphere is a reaction to this montrousness. A needed reaction. Unfortunately, it is has not separated wisdom from the nonsense, the adult from the comic book, the "Alpha" from a man.