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A superhero is most often the protagonist of superhero fiction. However, some titles, such as Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, use superheroes as secondary characters.A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of stock character possessing "extraordinary or superhuman powers" and dedicated to protecting the public.
Influenced by comic books, cyberpunk fiction, Japanese anime, and Hong Kong action films, The Matrix effectively "reinvented" the superhero film, according to Adam Sternbergh of Vulture.com, crediting The Matrix with setting the template for modern superhero blockbusters and inspiring the superhero renaissance in the early 21st century.
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Superhero fiction is the genre of fiction that is centered on such characters, especially in American comic books since the 1930s (and later Hollywood films), as well as in Japanese media (including kamishibai, tokusatsu, manga, anime and video games) since the 1930s.
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A superhero is most often the protagonist of superhero fiction. However, some titles, such as Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, use superheroes as secondary characters. A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a type of stock character possessing "extraordinary or superhuman powers" and dedicated to protecting the public. Since the debut of the prototypical superhero Superman in 1938, stories of superheroes—ranging fro...
A supervillain or supervillainess is a variant of the villain character type, commonly found in comic books, action movies, and science fiction in various media. They are sometimes used as foils to superheroes and other heroes. Whereas superheroes often wield fantastic powers, the supervillain possesses commensurate powers and abilities so that he can present a daunting challenge to the hero. Even without actual physical, mystical, superhuman or su...
Both superheroes and supervillains often use alter egos while in action. While sometimes the character's real name is publicly known, alter egos are most often used to hide the character's secret identityfrom their enemies and the public. With superheroes, the duality of their identities is kept a secret and closely guarded to protect those close to them from being harmed and to prevent them from being called upon constantly, even for problems not serious enough t...
The mythologies of many ancient civilizations feature pantheons of gods and goddesses with superhuman powers, as well as heroes such as Hanuman, Gilgamesh, Perseus, Odysseus and David and demigods like Heracles. Real life inspirations behind costumed superheroes can be traced back to the "masked vigilantes" of the American Old West such as the San Diego Vigilantes and the Bald Knobbers who fought and killed outlaws while wearing masks. The character of Spring...
In 1938, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, who had previously worked in pulp science fiction magazines, introduced Superman. (Siegel, as the writer, actually created the central and supporting characters; Shuster, as the artist, designed these characters, and gave Superman the first version of his now-iconic uniform.) The character possessed many of the traits that have come to define the superhero: a secret identity, superhuman powers and a co...
In the 1950s, DC Comics, under the editorship of Julius Schwartz, recreated many popular 1940s heroes, launching an era later deemed the Silver Age of comic books. The Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and several others were recreated with new origin stories. While past superheroes resembled mythological heroes in their origins and abilities, these heroes were inspired by contemporary science fiction. In 1960, DC banded its most popular heroes together in the...
Superhero films began as Saturday movie serials aimed at children during the 1940s with the first film adaptation of a comic book superhero being The Adventures of Captain Marvel in 1941. The decline of these serials meant the death of superhero films until the release of 1978's Superman, a critical and commercial success. Several sequels followed in the 1980s. 1989's Batman was also highly successful and followed by several sequels in the 1990s. Yet whil...
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Several live-action superhero programs aired from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. These included Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves, the action-comedy Batman series of the 1960s (often interpreted as being campy) starring Adam West and Burt Ward. In the 1970s however, the genre would find a newfound credibility in the medium with the original series, The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, being sustained successes. This le...
In the 1940s, Fleischer/Famous Studios produced a number of groundbreaking Superman cartoons, which became the first examples of superheroes in animation. Since the 1960s, superhero cartoons have been a staple of children's television, particularly in the U.S.. However, by the early 1970s, US broadcasting restrictions on violence in children's entertainment led to series that were extremely tame, a trend exemplified by the series Super Friends. Mea...
There have been successful superhero works in other countries most of whom share the conventions of the American model. Examples include Cybersix from Argentina, Captain Canuck from Canada, and the heroes of AK Comics from Egypt.Japan is the only country that nears the United States in output of superheroes. The earlier of these wore scarves either in addition to or as a substitute for capes and many wear helmets instead of masks.
Almost since the inception of the superhero in comic books, the concept has come under fire from critics. Most famously, the psychiatrist Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent (1954) alleged that sexual subtext existed in superhero comics, and included accusations that Batman and Robin were gay and Wonder Woman encouraged female dominance fetishes and lesbianism. Writer Ariel Dorfman has criticized alleged class biases in many superhero narratives in several of his books, including The Empire's Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Mind (1980), and is not alone in doing so. Marxist critics, such as Matthew Wolf-Meyer ("The World Ozymandias Made") and Jason Dittmer ("The Tyranny of the Serial") often point out that not only do the superheroes arguably constitute a ruling class, but by simply defending the world as-is, they effectively keep it from changing, and thus lock...
Jun 15, 2015 · Superhero fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia these serials meant the death of superhero films until the release of 1978's Superman , a critical and commercial success. Several sequels followed in the 1980s. 1989's Batman was also highly successful and followed by several sequels in the 1990s.
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I'd argue that this article could do with a bit of wikification (I saw the template). Seeing as it doesn't look like anyone else regularly keeps an eye on this page, I'd like to take it up. I suggest the following alterations: 1. Splitting off 'Partial list of superhero fiction books' into its own page entitled List of superhero fiction novels; 2. A rewrite for style etc.; 3. Referencing claims. I'd be able to get on this in the next few days, but there's no rush. Anyone got suggestions/objections? For now I'm just going to add a few internal links. Dougano (talk) 10:25, 21 August 2008 (UTC) 1. I agree the list does not add anything and would be best on its own page (or possibly not included at all). --ThaddeusB (talk) 17:53, 27 August 2008 (UTC) 1.1. I'll go with a delete of that section instead of a split. Dougano (talk) 18:00, 27 August 2008 (UTC) 1. 1.1. 1.1.1. Since this 2008 discussion and another discussion in June 2010, little has been done on this woefully unencyclopedic en...
Most of this article should probably be at superhero comics (as it discusses the comic book superheroes and then tags on non-comics media on the end), the rest seems to be covered at superhero (which is the central article for this genre) or if not then it should really be there. Wouldn't it be better to split off chunks of this article and merge them to others and then possibly either repurpose this as "superhero novels" or just redirect it to superhero. (Emperor (talk) 02:59, 22 March 2010 (UTC)) 1. In my opinion, no. Fiction(novels and short stories) and comics are different media.Chasrob (talk) 23:29, 7 June 2010 (UTC) 1. 1.1. I hate to sound negative with a newcomer, but since we're building an encyclopedia, and we need to know accurate definitions, it's important to point out that superhero comics are a form of fiction. Fiction is not just novels and short stories. Fiction includes movies and plays and other things. -- Tenebrae (talk) 23:45, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
"Superhero" is not a genre, despite what one writer, who is not a literary scholar, claims in a book by a minor publishing company with no academic credentials. Announcing a brand-new genre to go along with comedy, drama, Western, science-fiction, etc., is a major, major claim that requires extensive corroboration. --Tenebrae (talk) 20:16, 7 June 2010 (UTC) 1. I'm not sure, exactly, what you're talking about above, but the claim 'Superhero (fiction) is not a genre' is uncited. Chasrob (talk) 23:08, 7 June 2010 (UTC) 1. 1.1. One can't prove a negative. In other words, one can't prove what something is not — only what something is. I can see you've only been registered since April, and I know there's a lot to take in with Wikipedia policies and guidelines. To make a major claim that in essence creates a new genre in the long history of literature requires extensive corroboration. In other words, are there substantive literature professors who have written books and articles proclaimin...
As there is an extant section specifically for Internet superhero fiction, I've moved references to those web-only publications to that section. The specific stories and poems don't need to be linked to; policy is to link only to the main page or some other single appropriate page of a website, rather than give it multiple links. With a magazine-format site, direct links to stories presumably aren't needed if the magazine has a standard table of contents or otherwise does not make its content inaccessible. --Tenebrae (talk) 23:40, 1 February 2011 (UTC) 1. With regard to Strange Horizons as a professional paying market, Tenebrae's comment that this is vague/makes no sense is unfounded. FYI, professional rates are normally seen at a min. of 5 cents per word and that rate is usually used to determine if a market is professional, semi-professional, or token paying. This is what is followed by the SFWA and HWA organizations in determining membership eligibility (SFWA also lists qualifyin...
Can someone please fix the title of the Criticism section on the article? It now says Critism and it should be Criticism. Does anyone proofread these Wikipedia artilces? I find quite a few of them with misspellings and grammatical errors.22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:52, 24 June 2011 (UTC) 1. So why didn't you fix it yourself? --Orange Mike | Talk23:42, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
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Many superhero franchises resemble crime fiction (Batman, Punisher), others horror fiction (Spawn, Spectre) and others more standard science fiction (Green Lantern, X-Men). Many of the earliest superheroes, such as The Sandman and The Clock , were rooted in the pulp fiction of their predecessors.