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Superheroes 'R' Us

We're all supergods now.

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In September, DC Comics, America's oldest comic book publisher, relaunched the series in which its signature character, Superman, made his 1938 debut: Action Comics. DC's updated Action will be written by a bald, Scottish, mysticism-practicing, psychedelic-drug-taking, punk-music-making anarchist named Grant Morrison.

Fans wondering what effect such a character will have on the Man of Steel are in luck: Morrison recently authored Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God From Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human (Spiegel & Grau), a moving, often poetic history of superhero comics and how they shape the modern world. "Could it be that a culture starved of optimistic images of its own future has turned to the primary source in search of utopian role models?" Morrison writes. "Could the superhero in his cape and skintight suit be the best current representation of something we all might become?" The comics published by DC and its main rival, Marvel, Morrison maintains, offer a forum for a dialectical conversation about humanity's future—and, he hopes, a vision of a better world. 

DC began that conversation with what were essentially costumed World War II–era G-men, detectives, and circus strongmen. In the 1960s, Marvel responded with angst-ridden everymen like Peter Parker, a.k.a. the Amazing Spider-Man, and noble outcasts such as the mutant X-Men. DC regained the initiative in the late '80s with even darker characters, such as Alan Moore's Watchmen, who called into question the sanity of the whole superhero enterprise. 

Morrison started writing comics as a teenager, going on to create stories featuring Doctor Who, the robotic Zoids, and satirical superheroes before gaining industry notoriety with Animal Man for DC Comics in the late '80s. He sees his role as a sort of anti–Alan Moore. Although both men sought to interrogate and re-imagine comics, Moore went into the project as a deconstructionist and critic, whereas Morrison approached it as a humble anthropologist, donning a "fiction suit" to visit his long-lived, indestructible, endlessly revisable friends. 

Characters should be given their due, Morrison argues, even to the extent of treating the dream logic of their cartoonish worlds with as much respect as the physics of our own reality. It misses the point entirely to demand that Superman explain why wearing glasses is sufficient to hide one's identity, or to attempt to rationalize the convention that having superhuman powers always seems to lead to long underwear and fighting crime. 

Morrison makes no apologies for treating comics as escapism. Whereas many "serious" comics writers in recent years aimed for realistic commentary on the politics or culture of the real world outside their fictional universe, Morrison chose instead to pit DC's Doom Patrol against surrealist villains such as the Brotherhood of Dada in the 1990s precisely to get away from the wearying, politically correct battles over Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. Eventually, he would rise to writing the adventures of DC's core superhero team, the Justice League, in the late '90s.

Morrison's work displays an almost Taoist, moderate desire to find balance and overcome the usual good-vs.-evil, order-vs.-chaos narratives, even in stories about brightly garbed men beating each other senseless. His millennial series The Invisibles depicted two rival, mystically empowered, time-traveling conspiracies sparring across history—one anarchist and one authoritarian. In the end, despite the temptation to simply slay the bad guys, the anarchist heroes instead realize that the evil forces they are combating are just a projection of their own worst fears. Armed with that knowledge, everyone ascends to a higher plane of reality—from which the series itself is visible as fiction—in the futuristic year 2012 A.D.

If Morrison sounds like he hasn't quite come back down to Earth, it is worth remembering the dead-serious troubles from which comics have been his means of escape: the nuclear weapons stationed near his childhood home, long periods of unemployment, a world that stubbornly refused to share his conviction that superheroes are the modern analogs of the pagan gods—and as such, primal, Jungian archetypes reflective of our deeper selves.  

Morrison views history as oscillating between poles of "hippie" and "punk," the former optimistic and transformational, the latter dark, angry, rigid, and conservative despite all the spikes and leather. Where once the darkness to be overcome was the threat of nuclear war, in more recent comics by Morrison and many other writers the question is whether superpowered optimism can trump post-9/11 paranoia. If we keep telling ourselves dark fables, he argues, we will become dark and pessimistic ourselves. The world needs colorful, upbeat heroes—lest the dark ones become self-fulfilling prophecies.  

Two years ago, Morrison brought some of these themes to a conclusion of sorts in a complicated, universe-spanning crossover series called Final Crisis, in which the evil god Darkseid is corrupting the entire world, turning storytelling itself darker while using a mind-controlling computer virus called the Anti-Life Equation to rob humanity of hope and freedom. Ultimately, the series hinges on faith in the essential goodness of DC's oldest hero. "In the end," writes Morrison, "there was nothing left but darkness and the first superhero, Superman, with a crude wishing machine, the deus ex machina itself, and a single wish powered by the last of his own life force. He wished for a happy ending, of course."

Creating real-world happy endings is trickier. But if the key is treating each other with respect, there is something to be said for starting with respect for the complex, two-dimensional world of comics themselves. With the range of our technological and biological abilities increasing and Hollywood increasingly looking to nerds for inspiration and guidance, Morrison predicts that we will become more like the comic book supergods ourselves in the years ahead, rather than dragging them down to our "realistic" level. "We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us," concludes Morrison. "We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be." 

Todd Seavey is the author of the essay "Conservatism for Punks" in the anthology Proud to Be Right (Harper Paperbacks) as well as several Justice League comics.

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  1. If I could be any superhero, I would be Santorum-Man.

    1. Just think if Santorum and Brownback teamed up: either for a presidential run or a crimefighting duo.

      1. I think you mean both.

        1. Politicians are generally on the ‘supply’ side regarding crime.

          1. Batman’s just as much a criminal as I am, Oswald.

    2. Just think if Santorum and Brownback teamed up: either for a presidential run or a crimefighting duo.

      1. Comedy…gold.

        1. I’m assuming Santorum has a bubbly personality and Brownback’s the uptight one?

    3. Members of an elite force known as the Supercommittee Men?

  2. I never did get the appeal of comics.

      1. I prefer Ron White’s act.

    1. For me it was a combination of factors. First and foremost it was an escape from my not very pleasant childhood. Second, it featured characters and storylines that were ‘adult’ and mature compared to the rest of the fiction I was typically exposed to and compared to my friends. Third, the philosophical aspects that were almost universal in comics at the time appealed to me. Fourth, and probably least, though still a factor, big breasts and small waists everywhere.

      Then there were the non-mainstream comics which even as an adult I think I would enjoy, but I can’t be bothered to subscribe or get to a comic shop if those still even exist.

      I might still enjoy some of these today if these guys who bother publishing their current stuff in digital format. I heard DC was (or has) going to start doing that, but I think it’s exclusive to the Kindle Fire.

      1. “I heard DC was (or has) going to start doing that, but I think it’s exclusive to the Kindle Fire.”

        All android.

        https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dccomics.comics&hl=en

        1. That’s cool. Those apps didn’t used to have current issues. It seems the Marvel one has them now as well. Anyone have any experience with the DC/Marvel apps vs Comixology?

          It seems the DC exclusive deal with Amazon I was thinking of is only for certain graphic novels.

    2. I never did get the appeal of ballet.

    3. I never did get the appeal of enemas.

        1. Alcoholic enemas?

  3. I never did get the appeal of football.

    1. That’s because you’re unAmerican.

      1. Even if I still like hot dogs and apple pie?

        1. When then you’re 1/3 unAmerican. I believe that under HR 3525G, Section 125A you would still need re-education camp.

          1. Under Maobama? ROFL! +10

            1. Way to Britta is up, Suki.

    2. I never did get the appeal of football.

      Hell, I played for four years in H.S. and I still don’t.

    3. “I am Gladiator.”

  4. Nothing like reaffirming the stereotype that Libertarians are goofball comic book geeks…

    1. I know right? Just like all those other culture article reinforce the stereotypes that libertarians are the kind of people who see movies, watch TV, and listen to music.

      People will never take libertarians seriously until they see us as people who Take Things Seriously.

    2. We are…embrace it!

      Gotta go, 15 minutes to the Lord of the Rings marathon on Encore.

    3. FWIW, I like comics, but articles like this are just pretentious nonsense. It’s like there’s a checklist of words- like dialectical and Taoist- that need to be included in stuff like this.

      The ending of The Invisibles was a fucking cop out.

    1. Nice. Nice. Not thrilling, but nice.

    2. You’re right. TV shows based on Harry Potter novels are waaaaaaaay cooler.

  5. I never did get the appeal of humor.

  6. I never did get the appeal of comic book movies.

  7. I never did get the appeal of getting the appeal of things.

  8. I never did get the appeal of Metallica.

    1. I didn’t either, until I learned how much it bothered the Top 40 set.

      1. Metallica is Top 40 and 100% jive turkey.
        The only thing hardcore about them are the toothless meth heads having gay anal sex to their music.

  9. I never did get appeal of sex with the same species

  10. I never did get the appeal of innocent until proven guilty.

    1. the appeal is that it’s better to let 10 guilty go free than convict one innocent

      hth troll

      btw troll-o-meter: .00002

  11. Where did this new stuff below the orange comment bar come from? Just noticed it.

    1. I never did get the appeal of noticing new things below the orange comment bar.

      1. I never did get the appeal of driving new memes down peoples’ throats.

    2. Comments? I think they’ve been here a while.

  12. “Could the superhero in his cape and skintight suit be the best current representation of something we all might become?”

    I think that was pretty clearly indicated by one of Superman’s earliest nicknames: The Man of Tomorrow.

  13. As long as I have been alive, kids have dressed up in tshirts and shorts or tights, along with the occasional bath-towel cape, pretending to be superheroes: Spiderman, Iron Man, Hulk, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and so many more. It makes me wonder if, two thousand years ago, kids dressed up as Zeus, Hermes, or Aphrodite (golden age); Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus (silver age); and so forth.

    1. They dressed up as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and debated the ideal Forms and who would win a battle between the Minotaur and the Hyrda.

      1. I meant the Hydra.

        1. Release the Kraken!

          1. Hey! That’s what my wife says every time we make love.

        2. Why can’t I win once in a while? I just don’t get no lovin’.

      2. Still doing it, maybe. I think I saw them square off against the Maccabees in that Hanukkah music video that came out a year or two ago. “I flip my latkes in the air so high…”

  14. I never did get the appeal of having all your friends stand around masturbating furiously into a shallow bowl, and then pouring the contents onto a long-haired house cat while everyone fingers their assholes.

    1. What the shit…?

      Mind = fucked

    2. Really? It seems like people do that a lot around here lately, you included.

        1. Nobody that’s anybody still does that.

          1. I’m nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody too?

          2. My bad.

    3. It’s a prep school things…but usually it involves a cracker/cookie.

    4. Epi… let me explain. It is a texture thing. I.e. the texture of the cum as you run your fingers through the long hair cat. The texture of your anus, unless you have hemmrhoids which sort of ruins the mood.

  15. I never did get the appeal of gamboling.

  16. Well I, for one, do get the appeal of not getting the appeal of getting the appeal.

  17. I don’t get the appeal of taking one’s privileges for granted.

    1. Well, stop rousing.

  18. I never got the “a-peel” of a bris (though I was in attendence at mine). Is Superman circumcised? If so, was the circumcision instrument set made entirely of kryptonite, or just the cutting edge(s)?

    1. I tried really hard to find a song for a clever response to this, I got nothing…so fuck it, here are The Queers, enjoy.

    2. Well, he did mention Kryptonite.

      1. Ok, Spin Doctor’s are ok enough to pass. All I found was a series of cringeworthy pop songs that make me want to smash my car into radio stations when I hear them being played for the ninth billionth time. It is an interesting phenomenon how so many horrible pop songs exist that have “Superman” and “Kryptonite” in them. I was going to go for the circumcision root, but found nothing.

  19. “Although both men sought to interrogate and re-imagine comics, Moore went into the project as a deconstructionist and critic”

    Moore has done plenty of other comics besides Watchmen, y’know.
    Between his work for seminal DC characters (his legendary Swamp Thing run and “For The Man Who Has Everything” are good examples) and his own creations under the ABC line (Tom Strong, Top 10, Tomorrow Stories) he’s done more to reconstruct Silver Age escapism than deconstruct it, it’s just that Watchmen happens to be his most famous and synonymous story.

    1. Uh… his most famous Superman story = Superman stops being Superman and becomes a fucking mechanic. Moore’s entire career is predicated on deconstruction.

  20. I finally have time to do what I’ve always wanted: write the great American novel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it “Billy and the Cloneasaurus.”

    1. +1,000,000

      1. That’s, like, the highest number ever!

  21. Speaking of superheroes, the BO administration is unleashing their secret weapon this week.

    As a long-serving member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden cemented his reputation as an unyielding supporter of Israel, winning the respect of many in the Jewish community. And Biden’s upbringing in a working class, Catholic family from Scranton, Pa., gives him a valuable political intangible: He empathizes with the struggles of blue-collar Americans because his family lived those struggles.

    “Talking to blue-collar voters is perhaps his greatest attribute,” said Dan Schnur, a Republican political analyst. “Obama provides the speeches, and Biden provides the blue-collar subtitles.”

    1. I never got the appeal of calling someone wrong, when they are right

      …you are not mistaken Tulpa; a paper from the time
      http://historybuff.com/archives/new/?ID=709

      1. Telling me I’m right? I like that in a woman.

  22. “Talking to blue-collar voters is perhaps his greatest attribute,” said Dan Schnur, a Republican political analyst. “Obama provides the speeches, and Biden provides the blue-collar subtitles.”

    Joey B.? Really? I’m so Schnur!

    “RELEASE THE BIDEN!”

    1. Hey! That’s what my wife says every time we make love!

      1. She did not not get the appeal of my Biden.

    2. I’m a big fuckin’ deal!

  23. “Obama provides the speeches, and Biden provides the blue-collar subtitles.”

    Now, that’s FUNNY! There’s tons of comedy in just one sentence!
    For a start, Friday Funnies:
    Obama at the podium making stupid statements, Biden misspelling the subtitles.
    Hey, try the veal!

  24. Jack Russell Terriers are the greatest threat to LEOs.
    http://www.baynews9.com/articl…..hpt=ju_bn4

  25. Real concern: What if Superman decided to kill everybody.

    1. There seems to be an abundance of kryptonite on Earth for some reason.

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  28. I never got the appeal of Warty.

    1. if you have to ask, you’ll never understand

      it’s like jazz

  29. this is the kind (in)credible witness several people accepted at face value. note, no reference to her claims as ALLEGATIONs, but instead references to a pregnant woman having been (not allegedly having been) kicked by police, etc. and no references to her CLAIMING that doctor said her pregnancy was caused by the kick and pepper spray (which as i said at the time did not pass the smell test… turns out… i was right), nope instead it was accepted that a doctor told her that…

    etc. etc.

    THIS is the woman we are speaking about. another “victim” of “police brutality” was in fact…full of shit

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local…..php#page-1

    Jennifer Fox, the woman who made national headlines claiming that pepper spray and force from Seattle officers during an Occupy Seattle demonstration caused her miscarriage, was through by police to be “suffering from mental illness or drug addiction” earlier this year when she allegedly tried to lure young girls at a South Seattle beach.

    At 1:50 p.m. Aug. 3, Seattle police were called to Pritchard Beach Park at 8400 55th Ave. S. where a woman who had taken her kids there for swimming lessons was concerned about Fox’s behavior.

    According to a report obtained by seattlepi.com, police say Fox claimed she was a swimming coach in Bellevue sand said “she had just returned from Greece where she had won were event she had entered in a swim meet.” The 19-year-old was said to be offering lessons and allegedly tried to get the girls to go with her. She was not arrested and has not been charged with a crime.

    Fox, 19, first made headlines at a Nov. 15 rally where police deployed pepper spray against demonstrators they said were either refusing orders to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior. But she has failed to give a consistent story about her pregnancy claims.

    The night Fox was pepper sprayed and claimed she was kicked by police, she and other Occupy Seattle protesters told seattlepi.com she was two months pregnant. At the Friday Occupy Seattle rally outside the Seattle Municipal Tower ? Nov. 18 ? Fox told seattlepi.com, “I’m three months pregnant today.”

    Another police report says that just before midnight Sept. 22, Fox and five others were found squatting in a Denny Way building and when one of the others was arrested, Zachary Johannes, Fox “said she is three months pregnant with Johannes’ baby and began crying when he was arrested,” the report reads. “(Fox) began holding her stomach and was screaming it hurt.”

    Fox’s unconfirmed claims of a miscarriage by the police force and pepper spray was posted Monday by the Stranger. Fox claimed she was kicked by police, and was upset that a cop “would murder a baby that’s not born yet.”

    Those unconfirmed claims, also posted an Occupy Seattle blogger, were picked up by news outlets including a Washington Post blog and Forbes magazine’s website. The Stranger noted at the bottom that Fox couldn’t provide records to back her claim, and neither could aggregated reports.

    Police spokesman Jeff Kappel has said the department has self-initiated an internal investigation into her claims and that the Office of Professional Accountability “is actively searching for any information that will support this claim.”

    When asked about the August park incident by KIRO radio reporter Brandi Kruse, Fox threw the report away and the reporter was asked to leave the Occupy camp ? one that Seattle Central Community College wants off their campus.

    “Jennifer has a tendency to exaggerate,” her former foster parent Lark Stebbins told KIRO’s Dori Monson this week. “Jennifer doesn’t understand the ramifications of allegations towards people, and that’s my concern with this possible lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department.”

    Lark told Monson that when Fox called the night she was pepper sprayed she didn’t mention having a bike thrown at her, didn’t mention that she was pregnant, and didn’t saw she was kicked in the stomach.

    September incident on Denny Way

    Late on Sept. 22, Seattle police say, they found Fox and several others squatting in a vacant building at 1250 Denny Way, which used to be a Greyhound maintenance facility. The building and grounds are secured by a fence and doors were either locked or boarded over.

    A security officer told police six people were hiding in a dark garage area at the property, now owned by City Light. Johannes swore at one of the security officers and took a fighting stance, according to the report.

    Another of the squatters had a juvenile court warrant and allegedly lied about her name because she was a runaway. She was booked into the Youth Service Center.

    ox “said she is three months pregnant with Johannes’ baby and began crying when he was arrested,” the report reads. “(Fox) began holding her stomach and was screaming it hurt.”

    Fox was treated at the scene and transported to Harborview Medical Center by a fire department aid unit. She wasn’t charged in the incident, but the man she said was the baby’s father was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, assault and false reporting.

    He pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to trespassing and the other charges were dropped.

    When Kruse questioned Fox about the September incident on Tuesday, Fox denied remembering the incident, then changed her story and said that the “police report must have been wrong” because she told police she was one month pregnant at the time.

    Fox also told Kruse she was “supposed to have twins that day” but got beat up and had a miscarriage on one. Listen to the interview here.

    August report at Pritchard Beach Park

    In the suspected luring case, the young girls told their mothers that the suspect, later identified by police as Fox, asked them to go to Bellevue with her. She also said she didn’t have time for the kids to ask their grandmother, according to the report.

    When contacted by police, Fox “stated she had been trained as a swimming coach while on the ‘special Olympics’ team,” the report reads. Fox allegedly said she had 48 gold medals.

    Officers told Fox she was not to contact the children again without the parents’ consent, and informed Fox she was not allowed back to the park for seven days.

    Lifeguards at the park were told to call police if Fox retuned, but officers said she left the park to catch a bus to Issaquah.

    It was after that August afternoon discussion with Fox that officers concluded she was suffering from mental illness or drug addiction.

    Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local…..z1enXWDY2V

    1. Dunphy, it was obvious her tale was shaky from the get-go, and truthfully, the fact that anyone lumps you in will all cops has no relevance to this story, the last one, or even the next event.

      1. It is also obvious that when you fart in a jar and save it for later, you have a potential power source you can use for anything like cooking and powering a vehicle. And don’t foget huffing – taking a whiff of a fart stored for months or even years puts years back into your life.

      2. If only the Occupy folks could show the same compassion for *real* unborn babies that they show for *imaginary* ones…

        1. But that wouldn’t be ironic.

          1. Irony is a vaginaless man having an opinion on abortion.

            1. Or farting in jars and not dealing the lids.

            2. Or a painter having an opinion on ballet.

              1. Painters experience all art…try: or a woman having an opinion on circumcision

                1. I went to your blog once and I couldn’t figure it out. It didn’t seem to make any sense. Is it some kind of “performance art”?

                  1. I love that idea…and I don’t have to be psychic to know you are a regular either

                    1. Yes, I love the idea of farting in jars. And huffing from them later.

            3. Everyone is entitled to their opinion regardless of whether or not they have a vagina. It’s as natural as L,L,and the POH. The only people who don’t get to have opinions are dead babies. Ironic, isn’t it?

              1. Men don’t have any skin in the game.
                Ejaculation is ? vagina

                1. Most aborted babies are female.

                  1. Most strippers are female.
                    Most serial killers have three names.
                    Most people blink about 84 million times a year
                    Humans and dolphins are the only animal species that have sex for pleasure

                    None of these facts have anything to do with choosing ownership of one’s body

                2. So why did northeners get to have an opinion on southern slave ownership?

                  1. Slavery was and is a moral issue that damages society; an unwanted fetus isn’t

                    1. According to your opinion. Which, of course, you do not permit challenges to from men.
                      Logikkkkk

                    2. You’ll make someone an excellent husband -usually libertarians resist training

    2. THIS is the woman we are speaking about. another “victim” of “police brutality” was in fact…full of shit

      Perhaps, but she was pepper sprayed, right? Why? If people refuse to disperse, arrest them. If they resist arrest, give them a nightstick to the back of the thigh.

      But, I suppose arresting all of those people would generate far too much paperwork for the cops.

      1. I thought this thread would be about “superhero comics and how they shape the modern world.”

        [snigger]

        1. I never did get the appeal of staying on topic.

          1. “staying on topic”

            Does not compute.

      2. the crowd was pepper sprayed after they blocked a busy seattle st. at rush hour.

        that is more than mere civil disobedience, or blocking a sidewalk or doing a sit-in.

        the pepper spraying was justified, and that’s why, unlike the UC Davis one which appears not to have been, the seattle one is getting no traction.

        but the issue is that none of the posters decrying “police brutality” referred to her claims as alleged, considered she might be lying, or a fucking loon, etc.

        as i pointed out, just her stupid claim that the doctor TOLD HER that the miscarriage was caused by the (alleged) kicks and pepper spray simply set off the bullshit detector.

        or at least WOULD for those who don’t automatically assume anybody who complains about police brutality MUST be telling the truth

  30. d Willie Middle School Symphonic Band played this at the awards concert at the end of the year. First Chair Clarinet pretty much the whole year, and got an award.? I was also just about the only person out of the 40 of us that knew how to count in 6/8. We also made the local newspaper somehow…
    http://bit.ly/rsxjeU

  31. might just have to buy the bloody internet if this keeps up, shut it down for a while until we get rid of all this stuff. These computer things are a nuisance, can’t see ’em lasting to be honest.

  32. I am the bullgod.
    I am free.
    And I feed on all
    that is forsaken.

    1. Do readers here actually click on blind YouTube links?

      1. like my blog, they cannot resist

        1. Or farting in jars which I can’t resist.

          1. Nice! You have a stalker. And a dedicated one! That means you’ve made it. Kudos!

            1. Little boys need something to do 😉

              1. The “farting in a jar” meme is funny and creative, don’t you think? I laugh every time!

      2. Only those of us with touch screens.

    2. And keep the slots honest.

  33. A man’s got to know his limitations.
    People aren’t superheroes. Either now or in the future. Just because people are living longer on average and getting knee replacements doesn’t mean the technological golden age/singularity/telecosm/final frontier is just around the corner. People still get old, get sick, and die. Death is the one certainty in life.

    Put down your crack pipe.

    1. But superheroes provide us with our one link to reality!

    2. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

      1. It’s the secret to their perpetual Peter Pan life, or a cheap form of regenerative medicine 😉

        1. I almost wish Episiarch were here instead of drying out in a drunk tank. He could provide a witty pop-culture rejoinder or, at the very least, a devastating “+1 me.”

          1. Nothing to see here. Move along.

          2. That’s better.
            I’m watching you!

             

  34. That actually looks like its gonna work.

    http://www.being-anon.edu.tc

  35. that loosk like it might jsut work dude.
    http://www.surf-privacy.tk

  36. Wow they got a completely unoriginal leftist to write a new comic, how dangerous and artsy!!!
    “The bad boys of post modernism, you won’t laugh at dorks now!” (I’ll laugh at leftist kooks FOREVER MUAHAHAHAHAHAAAhofgrfhmullllllll.)

  37. “Characters should be given their due, Morrison argues, even to the extent of treating the dream logic of their cartoonish worlds with as much respect as the physics of our own reality. It misses the point entirely to demand that Superman explain why wearing glasses is sufficient to hide one’s identity, or to attempt to rationalize the convention that having superhuman powers always seems to lead to long underwear and fighting crime.”

    This reminds me of Kurt Busiek’s remark on how his Astro City contrasts with Watchmen. He noted Watchmen featured comic book characters with real world logical scenarios, whereas Astro City features real world like characters with comic book logic.

    I should get the exact quote.

  38. The author of this piece is the star of the best clip ever on C-SPAN 2.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAITnMv1j8Q

  39. According to Supergods, Superman comics say less about Superman than they do about Clark Kent. Superman was conceived as a symbol of strength and individualism for the Depression-era middle class,http://bit.ly/vIajiH

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