What Happens When Our Superheroes Lack Honor and Humanity?

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a superhero movie for people who don’t believe in heroism. Moreover, it is a movie that tries to build a cinematic superhero universe, but one inhabited by no superheroes. The characters in this film named “Batman” and “Superman” are cynical deconstructions of the comic book heroes whose names … Continued

Comics, Entertainment, Movies

A Brief Comic Book History of Batman v. Superman

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens today and the reviews are . . . not good. On the one hand this is surprising because Batman and Superman sound like two great tastes that taste great together. On the other hand, it’s not surprising at all. Because the entire history of pairing Batman and Superman … Continued

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How Multiculturalism Took Over Comic Books

Last week Marvel comics announced that it was replacing Bruce Banner (old, white guy) with Amadeus Cho (young, Korean guy) as the Incredible Hulk. This comes on the heels of Marvel recently turning Thor into a woman, Ms. Marvel into a Muslim teenager, and Spider-Man into a kid who’s half African-American and half Puerto Rican … Continued

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Is Charlie Brown an Atheist?

The battle for the soul of Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz had observed a truce, much like Snoopy’s temporary peace with the Red Baron at Christmas. But it resumed recently with the opening of a Peanuts movie and a new book on the faith of the legendary cartoonist. A Charlie Brown Religion, by Stephen … Continued

Comics, Culture

Eddie Murphy and Statute of Limitations on “Funny”

There are certain entertainers whose names evoke instant and generally positive reactions. Nobody hates Tom Hanks. Everybody loves The Beatles. Sports fans almost universally admire a guy like legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels. For fans, critics, and comedy aficionados alike, Eddie Murphy remains a revered purveyor of “funny.” Credited for “saving” Saturday Night Live during … Continued

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‘Red One’: Dumb, Sexy, Communist Comic

Retroactive repression is the phenomenon in which pop culture goes back in time to address the problems of evil old America. When battling the racism, sexism, and homophobia that lurks around every corner in the modern world isn’t enough, good liberals make TV shows (Mad Men), write novels (The Help) and make films (Mississippi Burning, … Continued

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Enough with the “Dark” Batman

I have a suggestion for a Batman story: A sunny, pleasant day in Gotham City. That’s it. Oh, Bruce Wayne may prevent a purse snatching, or save a stray dog, but most of the story will be Gotham on a sunny spring day. People are out shopping, playing tennis, falling in love. It would be … Continued

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Marvel’s Massive New Book

At $200 it looks expensive, but make no mistake about it: 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden age to the Silver Screen is worth every penny. This is a massive book, in fact dangerous to life for children under six. It comes with its own suitcase. (It’s also available for much less on Amazon.) … Continued

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Spider-Woman and the Liberals Who Censor Comics

A few months ago, Marvel Comics got into some hot water when it revealed the cover of the first issue of its new series, Spider-Woman . The artwork is by Milo Manara, a comic book artist known for his erotic depictions of women. Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew, was drawn in a posture that liberals and feminists … Continued

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