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  1. Superhero fiction - Wikipedia › wiki › Superhero_fantasy

    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.

    • Focus on adventures of heroic figures usually possessing superhuman powers and/or other abilities.
    • Golden Age of Comic Books (America), Kamishibai (Japan)
  2. Superhero film - Wikipedia › wiki › Superhero_film

    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, crediting The Matrix with setting the template for modern superhero blockbusters and inspiring the superhero renaissance in the early 21st century.

  3. List of American superhero films - Wikipedia › wiki › List_of_American_superhero

    Influential for its impact on superhero movies Sequel to The Matrix Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures: The Matrix Revolutions: Theatrical ($427,344,031) Influential for its impact on superhero movies Sequel to The Matrix Reloaded Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures: Chimera: CrossGen: Jeff Sheetz Independent N/A 2004

  4. Superhero - Wikipedia › wiki › %F0%9F%A6%B8%E2%80%8D%E2

    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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  6. Category:Superhero movies - Simple English Wikipedia, the ... › wiki › Category:Superhero_movies

    Pages in category "Superhero movies" The following 5 pages are in this category, out of 5 total. *

  7. Superhero fiction — Wikipedia Republished // WIKI 2 › en › Superhero_fiction
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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...

    Secret identities

    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...

    Golden Age

    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...

    Silver Age

    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...

    Live-action television series

    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.[citation needed] 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...

  8. Superhero Fiction - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia ... › document › 268690796

    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.

  9. Talk:Superhero fiction - Wikipedia › wiki › Talk:Superhero_fiction
    • Rewrite?
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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. (talk) 21:52, 24 June 2011 (UTC) 1. So why didn't you fix it yourself? --Orange Mike | Talk23:42, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

    File:Astro boy.jpg is being used on this article. I notice the image page specifies that the image is being used under fair use but there is no explanation or rationale as to why its use in this Wikipedia article constitutes fair use. In addition to the boilerplate fair use template, you must also write out on the image description page a specific explanation or rationale for why using this image in each article is consistent with fair use. Please go to the image description page and edit it to include a non-free use rationale. Using one of the templates at Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guidelineis an easy way to ensure that your image is in compliance with Wikipedia policy, but remember that you must complete the template. Do not simply insert a blank template on an image page. If there is other fair use media, consider checking that you have specified the fair use rationale on the other images used on this page. Note that any fair use images lacking such an explanation can be d...

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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.

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