Wednesday, June 28, 2017

superheroes

DC Comics’ The Joker is often considered the greatest comic book villain, and for good reason. Created in 1940 by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, the clown-themed maniac is best known as a foil for Batman, a psychologically-scarred ...

“Captain America’s been torn apart/Now he’s a court jester with a broken heart.”–Guns and Roses “Paradise City” By most accounts, Marvel Studios scored a home run with Captain America: Civil War. It was, as expected, a box-office smash, demonstrating once ...

In the beginning, there was the myth. These stories (call them myths, legends, folktales) were used for sociological reasons: to teach children lessons, to define religious rites, and to keep order among tribespeople. As a collective discovered unknowable phenomena in ...

The Trickster Is Never Who You Think He Is Loki. The green-garbed, golden-horned Asgardian in the Marvel movies. The antagonist in various of the Marvelverse tales. He’s charismatic. He’s wicked. He has powers that seem controlling and illusory in nature. ...

We finished watching Daredevil Season 1 a couple of days ago. As mission statements go, it’s a pretty extraordinary 13 hours of TV. This is not the Marvel Universe we’ve come to expect in the movies and not just because ...

There’s a lot of stuff going on in Age of Ultron. You get Tony Stark being handed his first legitimate post-Iron Man mistake, a welcome look at how the Avengers are perceived outside the US, four new characters including the ...
The Mythology and Power of the Origin Story

There are many tropes that comprise  the narratives of comic book superheroes, but aside from the costumes, sidekicks, weird science, and secret identities,  it is the concept of “The Origin Story” that is the most persistent and fundamental to the genre. While ...