It's only a mask... if you treat it that way.
Every once in a while I take my kids for a trip down memory lane. I like for them to be able to experience and enjoy that which I enjoyed as a kid.
They'll never know what it's like to ride their bikes all over town, merely being concerned about being home before dark. This is a different time, a different world.
They'll never know many of the adventures I had as a kid. But they can know the joy of perhaps the greatest cartoon of all time ... SPEED RACER!
Just as I have exposed them to The Lone Ranger, so we enjoyed some time on the couch today becoming acquainted with Speed, Trixie, Pops, Sparky, Spritle, and my childhood fav, the Masked Racer (aka Racer X).
What can I say, I guess I've always had an affinity for masked heroes (e.g., Racer X, Kemo Sabe, Batman, and Zorro).
Some folks shy away from the mask, but it's only a mask ... if you treat it that way.
I encourage you to take your own stroll down memory lane (official site - Wiki), or learn of some new characters.