Category Archives: Heroics

The smoking guns

Just about a year ago, Steve Long and I concluded a series of posts about comics vigilante heroes, and I’ve realized what we left out: the Shadow and the Spider. I plead two things: the usual blindness of comics readers regarding anything but what passed directly under their noses as customers, and conversely, the overwhelming prevalence of the characters such that we regarded them more as the surrounding air than as something you see or talk about. Read the rest of this entry

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Super money

Rich people, right?

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Super good

There’s a whole subculture of scholarship looking into comics and religion, very broadly, by nearly any imaginable definition of both “comics” and “religion” and how they might interact. Who knew?

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70s and 80s, ladies

So, me & women. For better or worse, lots of them, and a lotta cultural blast-furnace for much of it. Read the rest of this entry

Actions have consequences

After a long and winding road of comic book commentary, we come at last to the character who’s likely to be the final subject in our discussion of vigilantism in comic books during the Seventies and Eighties: the Foolkiller.

STEVE SAYS “KILL THE FOOLS”
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Lurking everywhere

vmaskSteve Long and I are gearing up for our showdown to conclude the jointly-written series on comics vigilantes, or at least a particular cultural wave of them, but I decided I was just not feeling done. Here’s one more – that is, before the finale – for a brief look at other strong contributors, responses, and alternatives within the 80s-90s more-or-less mainstream comics vigilante scene.

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We got this

sfp1I guess I’ve been doing an emergent series on the “super man” topic for a while, Read the rest of this entry

Round-headed kid

Actually … hero? Maybe anti-hero, but no … OK, protagonist? I’m not even sure about that. Read the rest of this entry

I like him anyway

This was my favorite character in the exact mid-1970s, age 12-13. Why? That’s a question that gets more interesting the more I try to answer, and also less and less easy to answer, Read the rest of this entry

Irish rage, Catholic guilt

How do you discuss a legend? Read the rest of this entry

Super, thanks for asking

Am I missing the right allele that codes for the protein which likes Superman? Read the rest of this entry

Jet and silver

You might have missed Moon Knight along the way, vigilante-wise. Let’s make sure that doesn’t continue – and if necessary, Steve Long will make sure I will face midnight justice later in the post. Read the rest of this entry

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