Guys, my most serious article ever. WHY THOR IS THE NEW SUPERMAN.
Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman
Thor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS
[Illustration by Steve Murray]
A world of yup.
Truth, Justice, and the American Way.
Al Plastino, who died yesterday, was one of the most prolific and influential Superman artists in history. During his tenure in the 40s and 50s, he drew a clean-cut Man of Steel who looked a lot like the G.I.s who’d recently returned home to start families, don gray flannel suits, and like Ike.
by Stuart Immonen
Inks: José Marzan Jr.
Colours: Tom McCraw
Letters: Gaspar Saladino
Superman Villains Secret Files and Origins #1, 1998
how did I not know these have existed since **1998**?!?! Incredible.
"In an essay written for the girlie magazine Knight later collected in his 1971 book All the Myriad Ways, science fiction writer Larry Niven humorously and graphically tackled a question that had been asked only privately, sniggeringly, in the backs of school buses and the occasional…
You’re stronger than you think you are.