Tag Archives: Superman

The Greatest Superman Story Ever Told

A few years back, I included in one of my short blog articles a reference to Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Zach Weiner’s absolutely magnificent take on the contradictions inherent in superhero mythologies. I still consider that short satirical comic the best … Continue reading

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Superman’s Molars of Steel

While scanning the 1978 Superman movie for a few shots I need to illustrate my chapter on origin stories and patriarchal power, I suddenly noticed that the Man of Steel either didn’t bother to floss, or else he accidentally ordered a … Continue reading

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Forgotten Masterpieces #2: Popeye (1980)

In this day and age of ubiquitous big-budget comic book movies, we are used to seeing iconic comic book and cartoon characters with global recognizability and appeal featured in big-budget Hollywood adaptations. Many articles and studies (including my own book!) … Continue reading

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Superman in the real world

Saturday Morning Breakfast shows us what Superman Returns merely hinted at: that the twentieth century had problems other than crime-fighting for which his powers would come in quite handy. In this hilarious online comic strip (excerpted below), Zach Weiner establishes the … Continue reading

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On superheroes beloved… and those not so much.

Loath as I am to keep posting updates bemoaning the fact that I haven’t been adding new updates to this otherwise lovely new blog, I’m finally finding an occasion to post a few new bits and pieces on that old … Continue reading

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Here Come the Planes

Today is Laurie Anderson’s birthday. Her “O Superman” remains an old favorite that’s worth repeating in this context.

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Links roundup: Iron Man 2, Toy Story, and Vanilla Ice

Having undergone the mirthless, witless, and generally worthless Iron Man 2 recently, I attempted to write short pieces on it a few times. But I found myself overwhelmed by the staggering pointlessness of the film, and moreover somewhat disinclined to … Continue reading

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Yale conference – the rest

A long-overdue update following the terrific ‘Politics of Superheroes’ conference I attended at Yale a few weeks ago. All the start-of-semester activity got the better of me since my return, and robbed the planned update to this blog of some … Continue reading

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Theorizing superheroes

With the upcoming Yale symposium at the end of this month, I’m starting to try to organize some thoughts and ideas that have been circulating in my mind, and in some cases taking shape in recent lectures, articles, reviews and … Continue reading

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Lecture report

My lecture at the Jewish Historical Museum last night went very well, with 70-80 people crowding into the modest basement auditorium, where the heat was unrelenting, and where I tried my best to pack as much information and insight as … Continue reading

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