glenweldon:

zdarsky:

Guys, my most serious article ever. WHY THOR IS THE NEW SUPERMAN.
nparts:

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new SupermanThor 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.

glenweldon:

zdarsky:

Guys, my most serious article ever. WHY THOR IS THE NEW SUPERMAN.


nparts
:

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.

malvolio421:

Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

malvolio421:

Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

glenweldon:

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.

joekeatinge:

maisonimmonen:

spaceshiprocket:

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.

glenweldon:

"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…

I was asked for my thoughts on the recent Superman “75 Years” animated short.

My wife teaching our daughter how to fly.

My wife teaching our daughter how to fly.

…for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s so unrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.
Greg Rucka (via murmurandshout)

(Source: captainsunbeam)

With my kid, flying 45 feet over zebras and giraffes on the African Sky Safari.

With my kid, flying 45 feet over zebras and giraffes on the African Sky Safari.

jordangibson:

You’re stronger than you think you are. 

jordangibson:

You’re stronger than you think you are.