By Brian Robb, 9781472110701
From the start superheroes represented the hopes and fears of the time. during this exact heritage, Brian Robb takes the reader throughout the different background of superheroes, from the 1st creations—Superman, Batman, ask yourself Woman—to the DC and wonder feud and the darker types of the Eighties, finishing with their rebirth on the movies.
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Luther’ – possibly the origin of Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor. Meltzer noted: ‘Why did the world get Superman? ’ Siegel and Shuster gave their Superman Christ-like attributes (an only son sent to Earth to help mankind), but there’s much of Hebrew hero Samson in the mix. Although Jewish, the boys were appealing to the widest audience, and that meant Christian America. They needed to invent a witness (or disciple) for Superman, someone who could observe and comment upon him from a purely human perspective, providing a point of view for the reader.
Although Jewish, the boys were appealing to the widest audience, and that meant Christian America. They needed to invent a witness (or disciple) for Superman, someone who could observe and comment upon him from a purely human perspective, providing a point of view for the reader. The result was Lois Lane, ace reporter on the Daily Star (it would be another two years before it became the more familiar Daily Planet). If Siegel couldn’t be a journalist, the next best thing was to put his characters into that world.
Starting in 1919, McCulley’s pulp hero appeared in All Story Weekly, one of many pulp magazines that ran serialized stories between the late 1800s and the Fifties. Zorro first appeared in the five-episode adventure The Curse of Capistrano, the alter ego of nobleman Don Diego de la Vega. Wearing a black 34 cloak and a wide-brimmed sombrero, as well as a black cowl mask, Zorro uses a rapier sword to carve his distinctive ‘Z’ symbol in three swift strokes. As with the Scarlet Pimpernel, Don Diego plays the role of a dandy, wearing lace and avoiding violence as he’s (supposedly) useless with a sword.
A Brief Guide to Superheroes: From Superman to the Avengers, the Evolution of Comic Book Legends by Brian Robb, 9781472110701