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Myths or Fictions: Gods vs. Superheroes - While it’s easy to dismiss the concept of beings with supernatural powers and mythological fictions, superheroes and fictional Gods have various similarities and differences. The most common superhero, of course, is Superman, while the greatest warrior in Iliad is Achilles. These two characters clash with one another in personality, weaknesses, strengths and characteristic. There are various stories on the history of Superman causing one to believe that he was mischievous insurrectionist. Superman was born on Earth and founded by earthlings, Jonathan and Martha Kent in his starship that crashed in Smallville, Kansas....   [tags: superman, achilles, superheroes, gods]
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The Greatest Superheroes of all Times: Superman and Batman - There are so many different superheroes but the most popular are Superman and Batman. These two characters are the best American superheroes of all times. Superman and Batman are both extremely courageous and from each we can take something to inspire us. We do not live in a perfect world. As the story of Batman shows, the challenges in our lives make us to become who we are. Superman, who is not a human being, reminds us that the world can be better with the help of all of us. We have to be better people in order to help others....   [tags: Superheroes, heroes, Superman, Batman, ]
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The Motivations of Superheroes - Peter Parker said, “Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ This is my gift, my curse. Who am I. I’m Spiderman.” Without a doubt, being a superhero would be fun in the beginning, but being a superhero in general would ultimately lead to a miserable life. A superhero would always have great responsibility, would have fear of putting their loved ones in danger, and would have trouble trying to live two different lives if they chose to keep their identity anonymous....   [tags: heroes,] 510 words
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Superheroes in North American Culture - Look at any youthful youngster's shirt or lunchbox, and there is a great chance it is the substance of some kind of superhero. Take a gander at the motion picture theaters and there is a great risk that a film around a superhero has been discharged as of late. These superheroes are all over in American culture, so what effect do they have on mainstream society, TV, silver screen, and the adolescent of America. The response to this inquiry might be found through an investigation of the histories of Batman and Superman, two of the best superheroes ever....   [tags: Society, Batman, Superman] 515 words
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Positive Psychology through the Superheroes - Why Superheroes. “The answer is pretty simple: because superheroes show us who we are and what we are capable of achieving (O’Connor, 2013).” Dr. Patrick O’Connor is a clinical psychologist that has mastered the art of psychotherapy through comic books and superheroes. He has managed to use the hobbies and childhood heroes of many of his clients to help them overcome mental health problems as well as childhood traumas. Dr. O’ Connor’s form of therapy has been so successful among his clients, that he currently teaches others how to help their patients in a course at The Chicago School of Professional Psychotherapy: “Geek Culture in Therapy”....   [tags: comic books, superhero, psychotherapy]
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Jews And Superheroes - The foreseeable Connection: Superheroes and Jews The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, a novel that takes place during the "Golden Age" of comics, a magical era right before television when the country was at war and needed a medium that could help them coupe with these difficult times. Who was behind the creation of many of these superheroes. Who desperately needed an alter-ego. The American Jewish male; growing up in America Jewish males faced many stereotypes, most of which were concerned with the physical stature and the masculine identity....   [tags: Jewish Religion Metaphor] 1869 words
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Superheroes - When you think of a superhero one normally thinks of Spiderman, Batman, or Superman, but there were superheroes long before these characters were created. First one must understand that the basis of this name is hero. What is a hero. A hero is a person who does something special or out of the ordinary in order to help others. It could also be someone who is admired for a characteristic about them, be it physical or mental. They are individuals that normal everyday people can look up to. This being the case, a superhero is nothing more then someone who is a hero, but not just that once and for that one person, but someone who helps many people, or leads them....   [tags: essays research papers] 988 words
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Seeking Clarity: What is a Supervillain? - Superheroes are often the pure forces of benevolence who strive to protect those weaker than them. However, the presence of superheroes always begets the rise of supervillains who stand to oppose them. These entities are constructs of malevolence who represent ideals that are the antithesis of superhero ideologies. However, the characteristics of a supervillain are shrouded in ambiguity and necessitate creation of a concrete and descriptive definition. There are particular criteria that are essential to the classification of supervillain....   [tags: superheroes, excalibur]
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Heroes Throughout History and Popular Culture - Heroes A hero is defined as a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities (Hero, n.p.). Through the passage of time in history, the perceptions and characteristics of what makes a hero have changed. While some characteristics have remained constant, others have evolved and developed as society has changed. One thing that is certain is that most people have their own individual descriptions and ideas that define a hero. Heroes have high standards to meet. Thousands of people do heroic deeds every day, does doing one heroic deed make one a hero....   [tags: superheroes, values, bravery]
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Which One Would You Choose - Pretend for a minute that the superhuman world exists. Many people know the general story of Super Man and of Beowulf. We all know that they both have an enormous amount of strength. They are heroes and people around them relied on them, because they fought the bad guy. It’s also known that they come from completely two different types of worlds, and lived centuries apart. Superman isn’t even human but kryptonian which allows him to have other powers besides strength. In a dark ally being robbed, or a meteor heading toward earth, or the government (which ever kind it is) has gone whack, or any other kind of sticky situation you find yourself in, who are you going to wish was there, Superman...   [tags: Superheroes] 701 words
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Common Masculine Themes of Superheroes Explained in Complex Masculinities: The Superhero in Modern American Movies - ... Following the elements of what make up a masculine superhero, the author describes the biggest driving force of this idea of masculinity which succeeds to sway society: the human body. The male body displays power, superiority and masculine strength, and is shown through the superhero's actions. The body, prominently male, white, and beautiful, is shown to the audience in sublime ways; the use of camera shots to better get the low angles, the back shots, slow motion and the exploding background, all of which contribute to the character's persona....   [tags: culture, body, power]
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Academics: The Kryptonite of Sports Superheroes - Every young boy dreams of beinging the next Lebron James, Tom Brady, Micheal Jordan, Derek Jeter, and list goes on. The reality of it all is not many young boys ever reach that dream. Academics seem to be the kryptonite of these supermen. While some student athletes believe a college education is irreavlent there are some student athletes who say a college education is reavlent. Academics are meant to be challenging. Regardless, if you are a athlete or a non athlete. Some students will take remedial classes or electives from a certain major to remain eligible....   [tags: education and athletic performance] 611 words
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Designer Babies or Superheroes?: Ethical Considerations - Do you remember when you were young and always wanted to be a superhero. Today, you can virtually create your own child superhero by genetic engineering and designer babies. What color eyes and hair would it have. Would you make it smart, athletic, or both. These are all possible if you choose designer babies instead of natural conception. Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen first established genetic engineering in 1973 (Bellis 1). It wasn’t until around 1996 when they first started to allow parents to choose their babies gender....   [tags: genetic engineering, gene therapy]
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Organ Donation: The Real Life Superheroes - Do you want to be a superhero in someones life then you should consider being an organ donor. Why would I want to be an organ donor you may ask. Well for one after you die your organs could be used to help someone else live. Wouldn't that be cool, you could help people after you have passed on. You can be a organ donor at any age. You can also be a organ donor while you are still alive. The need is constantly growing for organ donors and it is very simple to be an organ donor when you die....   [tags: transplant, waiting, lives] 525 words
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Superheros and Engendering Differences - Being able to fly, to defeat all the villains of the world, and having supernatural power are just some of the supernatural characteristics of a superhero. However, these characteristics are the personification of what society would indicate to be the perfect man; or, depending on what superhero, a woman. I grew up admiring and idolizing Superman. From wearing his underwear to owning every one of his videos, I yearned to become Superman. This, however, was obviously impossible. Superman can fly, create a laser beam from his eyes, and he can lift the heaviest of objects....   [tags: essays research papers] 931 words
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Appeal of Batman Versus Superman - Why are audiences so obsessed with Batman. Film critics Robert Ebert and Christopher Orr dive deeper into what makes superheroes movies like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel so compelling. Joey Esposito analyzes the reasons behind the fascination of the Dark Knight and how he appeals to our inner desire to use the pain in our lives for good. Audiences often have an easier time relating to Batman while they have difficulty relating to Superman. Batman’s tragic past and human traits make him more relatable to audiences of current superhero films than superman who was born with his godlike abilities....   [tags: joey esposito, film critics, superheros movies]
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Superheros of Hope: Brubaker and Cool Hand Luke - Brubaker and Cool Hand Luke are different men on the same mission. Despite their separate approaches, they stand for the same thing: reform and hope. Brubaker and Cool Hand Luke come across differently, by their actions, their positions, and their affiliation to the other prisoners. As the new warden of the prison, Brubaker could have been seen as just another person trying to inflict suffering and punishment onto the prisoners. Luke, being the new guy, is easily just another Newcock. The difference between these men and all the others is the hope of a better tomorrow....   [tags: filmography, 1960's movies]
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Social Media and Heroes, an Outline - Definitions of key terms: • Media is a group including TV networks, radio stations, newspaper, and movie studios that produce and reinforce widely held stereotypes of different sexes. • Severely lessen means putting less stereotypical contents in the media. • Superhero is someone with super ability, which is beyond what ordinary human possesses. • Stereotype is an assumption of behaviors and traits that distinguishes certain group of people such as, males from females. Preview of contentions (roadmap): First, we will talk how today’s media limit superheroes context into two categories: “slacker” and “macho.” Second, we will discuss how media is pervasive and influential in reinforcing stere...   [tags: stereotypes, slackers] 867 words
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What Makes a Superhero? - Superheroes have always been very popular since they first originated. They use their superpower or super-gadgets to serve a purpose. Superheroes protect innocent people and help fight crime, which is why they tend to live a complete meaningful life. They also use their strengths as confidence booster to keep on saving lives and defeating villains. To be a superhero there are some element s someone need to have to call himself a superhero. Most of the superheroes have the characteristics of courage, morality, resilience, and the most important superpowers or super-gadgets....   [tags: Protect Innocent People, Fight Crime, Heroes]
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Super Hero Films: Dark Knight and The Avengers - ... It is obvious that there will be heroes saving lives in the Dark Knight and the Avengers since they are superhero films. However, there are some differences between the superheroes in term of their working structures and styles. In the Dark Knight, the ability of Batman to play his role as the hero of Gotham is depended on technology most of the time. He uses advanced technology to create his suit, vehicles, weapon and other gadgets that are essential for Batman. Without those items, he is no longer a hero but an ordinary human, except for the fact that he is a billionaire industrialist....   [tags: saving lives, grossing movies] 822 words
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The Idea of Mercy in Kingdom Come, The Road and How it Relates to the Divine and Humanity - As eighteenth century poet and artist William Blake once wrote: "Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too." The three sensations commented on by Blake are prevalent with the 2008 graphic novel Kingdom Come and 2006 book The Road, but arguably the most interesting is the Christian concept of mercy within the story. The term 'mercy' comes from the Latin word 'merces' or 'merced' which translates as 'reward,' according to an online dictionary the contemporary meaning of the term: "compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence." It is my belief that through the expression of mercy, h...   [tags: faith, getting to know God]
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Understanding the Heroic Spectrum - Perceptions of the superhero and supervillain are mainly based on subjective definitions of each concept. These observations often lead to a definitive dichotomy that precisely splits characters into two impermeable divisions. However, this stringent separation is unable to account for the characters that are not at the extreme ends of their respective side. Neither is this rift capable of classifying characters that flirt with both sides of the superhero-supervillain dichotomy. Therefore it is imperative to analyze the established criteria for both superhero and supervillain to derive a more adequate explanation....   [tags: Superhero, Supervillain, Doctor Doom, Superman]
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The Power and Limitations of Buffy the Vampire Slayer - In a society dominated by male superheroes, it is not that often that a female character is able to step forward and defend the world. There have been quite a few female superheroes throughout the ages of popular culture, including the Canadian Marvel super-heroine, Aurora ("Marvel"), and DC Comic's character, Black Canary (Kanigher, and Infantino). Yet for every one female superhero that is encountered, there are at least a dozen more male superheroes to stand around—and often in front of—her....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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The Superhero Effect: Idealism and Stereotypes in Comic Books - In our society, certain ideals are held in high regard. Individuals relentlessly pursue these ideals to achieve a perceived perfection. These principles are often depicted in media that further glorifies and establishes a desire to pursue these paragons. In a medium such as comic books, however, these standards and perceptions are heavily distorted by the characterizations and settings. Particularly, the superhero genre absorbs the ideals we strive towards and regurgitates them in an extreme and unrealistic manner....   [tags: sexism, heroism, good morals]
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The Real Truth about Batman and Superman - The Real Truth about Batman and Superman Now in these days everyone one likes to read comic books since they became part of our society. What makes them interesting is how entertaining they could get giving us different points of views on different stories of superheroes. Many of us believe that “Classic superheroes stories are wildly fun, suspenseful and exciting” (Tom and Matt Morris) forgetting the idea of what really makes a hero. Different perceptions of superheroes are considered based on their wrong actions and way of thinking....   [tags: Comic Books] 1659 words
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Why the World Needs Super Heroes - Why the World Needs the Power Rangers Quick. You hear something about someone who is being abused by their parents. What do you do. Tell the police. Tell the principal. All of these are good answers, but the real question is something much deeper. Why help. Why care. Well, I believe people want to help and care for others because they still believe in superheroes. I feel that people want to help because of the ideals, morals, and basic ways of living installed in them by The X-Men, Spider-Man, and even The Power Rangers....   [tags: help, humanity, responsibility] 555 words
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In Search of A Hero - In Search Of A Hero For my research paper, I considered investigating many different NHL goalies that have influenced me because I have been an Ice Hockey goalie for 3 years now and I decided to choose Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils because he is considered to be one of the best in the history of the game. I am interested in him because he has broken every record set by NHL goalies before him and has received several awards for his stellar play over the course of his career. His hybrid style, a mix of old and new techniques, is much different from any other goalie in the league and poses a challenge to other players that face him....   [tags: Hero]
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A Look At Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Scientific television shows are very popular now. The most popular of these shows is “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” This article will introduce you to the show and some of its main characters. This TV show continues some of the most popular movies in theatres such as those about “Thor”, “Captain America”, “The Incredible Hulk”, and “Iron Man” . These movies are about superheroes. Everyone knows and likes these movies. The first character is Agent Phil Coulson. He is the leader of this team and played by Clark Gregg....   [tags: super hero comics hit the screen] 606 words
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Superman V. Batman: Who is Greater? - Superman V. Batman: Who is Greater. The most well known Superheroes from the DC universe are probably Batman and Superman. Many times, hardcore DC comic book fans dispute over who the better superhero is. Many like Batman for his gadgets and others for his looks, while others like Superman for his powers and abilities. I would personally say that Superman is the more capable and better Superhero. The main factor that tells me that Superman is a better Superhero is that fact that he actually has powers whereas Batman has to rely on money....   [tags: Fantasy Literature] 600 words
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Heroism in Watchmen - In their graphic novel Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons establish their story during the Cold War period, when a group of superheroes tackle the task to save humanity from a potential World War III caused by tensions among governmental powers. Managed by the intelligence of Adrian Veidt, the worst was avoided after the attack of alien forces causes the death of millions of New Yorkers that leads to a temporary world peace. The representations of the Watchmen superheroes of Moore and Gibbons, particularly Rorschach, display the concept of heroism being a part of the real world, among the regular public of our society....   [tags: Graphic Novel, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Analysis]
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Injustice: Standing up for one Another - Superheroes; they save and protect the world’s people. They courageously stand up and battle against evil, anarchy, injustice, crime, and sin. When the world has nothing else to defend itself, they are the ones who are present with a duty to safeguard everyone. The superheroes you may know, such as: Superman, Batman, Iron Man, etc. all have extraordinary superhuman powers which they use to shield those in need. However, anyone can be a superhero. Throughout history, many people have become like superheroes not because of extraordinary powers, but extraordinary courage, bravery, humanity, and love....   [tags: Superman, Batman, Iron Man]
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X-Men: Marvel's Message for Equality - In the world of comics, two main publishers dominate: DC Comics and Marvel Comics. DC Comics promotes superheroes such as Batman, a vigilante who began fighting crime solely to avenge the untimely death of his parents. He possesses no unique superhuman ability, other than a substantial fortune inherited from his late parents. Yet, the public in the Batman comics still adore their hero. In contrast, Marvel Comics promotes superheroes such as the X-Men, a team of superheroes who possess the X-Gene, a DNA mutation that gives each member a different ability....   [tags: Comics]
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Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder - Scott McCloud says in Understanding Comics that “clothes…can trigger numerous transformations in the way others see us and in the way we see ourselves” (McCloud 38). The same could arguably be said about superheroes in costumes. When superheroes don their costumes, they take on the identity of another person to fight crime. When they return from a hard night’s work, they take off their costumes and revert back to their normal selves. However, which identity is their normal self: the civilian or the caped crusader....   [tags: Film Analysis, Costume]
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Violet Medias Impact on Children - Although violence is not a new concept in society, it has become a much bigger issue than in years past. An increase in violent tendencies can be attributed to many factors including media violence. Mass violent attacks have become much more prevalent and violence amongst youths (the main demographic of violent media) is on the rise. The causes of violence are multifactorial, and range from mental health illness to one’s family life at home. But research has shown that violent media also plays an important role in triggering violent behavior....   [tags: media, violence, youth, behavior] 1183 words
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Marvel: The Comic Book - ... Marvel actually struggled with its creation, but managed to pull through to become the big success that it is today. The recognized name was at first what one would call a copycat; whatever stories were selling Marvel would sell, too. As a founder of the company put it “whatever other people were selling, we would do the same thing… I liked to come up with my own stuff, but I was getting paid”(qtd. in Lacter). If originality was not a conflict, competition certainly was. During the 1940’s DC Comics was America’s top mark in the comic industry with the creation of original superheroes and plots, such as Superman....   [tags: super-heroes, x-men, depression] 646 words
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Creating Mr. Fantastic - Mr. Fantastic It all started when an experienced aeronautical engineer named Reed Richards, born in Central City, California, made some miscalculations which resulted in newfound superheroes. With Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grim, Richards got caught off course into a comic ray, and transformed each person in the rocket in a different way. Richards gained the power to stretch his body in unrealistic lengths while Sue gained invisibility as her power. Johnny acquired a new flammability which therefore gave him the name, Human Torch, and Ben with the unfortunate power of turning into a “rock man” earned the name as Thing....   [tags: Reed Richards, Aeronautical Engineer, Superhero]
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How Boy's Emotional, Physical, and Mental Developmental Changes Affect them in School - In elementary school things that seem easier for some prove to be far more difficult for others. Also, factoring that kids are developing emotionally, physically, and mentally every day. Research has shown that boys tend to learn at a slower speed at academics than girls. Perhaps you have seen the mismatch in your own homes and schools: boys struggling to learn in the ways provided for them, teachers and families becoming frustrated, boys being labeled “difficult” or “failures” and becoming remorse with self-doubt (Gurian & Stevens 2006)....   [tags: boy's maturity, emotional development, elementary]
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The Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday - ... Scott Summers, nicknamed Cyclops was a leader of the group. He will never see the world as normal person’s vision because his vision was all red. Emma ‘White Queen’ Frost was a speaker of the group, she always appear to be in a dejected state. In my perspective, her costume makes her look very special and attractive. she was in a relationship with the Cyclops and also with Wolverine, sort of. Her abilities are able to control and manipulates mind and she can transforms her body into a diamond....   [tags: common, extraordinary, mutations, humans]
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Formal Analysis of Iconic Images: Wonder Woman - As a little girl, I have always wanted to wield the red, white and blue recognizable costume of a famous heroine. I wanted to wear the tiara with silver metal bracelets and run around, playing with a rope that I would call my “lasso of truth” and immediately state that I was invincible. I, like many other girls, wanted to become the comic book heroine known as Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a figure that is considerable recognizable. She was created in 1941 by a psychologist named William Moulton Marston or Charles Moulton as his pen name (who studied the psychological effects of mass media and the developer of the lie-detector test) ....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Is Batman A Real D.C. Comic Hero? - Many people see the D.C. comics hero Batman as another hero, but he is differs from the others in many ways. One main difference is that he is a normal human. He does not have any powers to make him special. He makes himself into a creature that criminals would fear by using is past to fuel his actions. He is one of the only heroes in the D.C. universe to hold a personal life. He is a CEO of Wayne Industries a company his family started. He is a millionaire playboy by day, but at night he is a caped vigilante....   [tags: batman, comics, bruce wayne ]
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Stan Le Revolutionized the Comic Book World - One way he influenced the comic book world was by revolutionizing the way characters behaved in his stories. Many of the characters in the older comic books were given makeovers to make the audiences like them more because they were flat and lacked emotion. This was called the Silver Age of Comics. The older characters lacked a personality. Stan Lee was an office assistant at Timely Comics in 1939 and soon after that he became an interim editor in the 1940s (Stan). When Martin Goodman, the publisher of Marvel Comics, Timely Comic’s new name, since 1939, asked Stan Lee to create a team of superheroes better than the Justice League of America, their rival in comic books, Stan Lee had his doubt...   [tags: x-men series, marvel, entertainment] 668 words
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Reception of Graphic Novels versus Manuscripts - The artistry of graphic novels and of manuscripts is very similar, not only does the written script text tantalize the reader, but the illustrations act as significant appeals as well. The correspondence between the visual and the scripted within these text technologies greatly influences the reception thereof. Specific—and quite popular—examples of the two technologies that I will reference are Watchmen, and the Ellesmere Chaucer, respectively. In order to understand the reception of these texts completely though, it is necessary first to recognize some background information regarding their respective histories....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Two Ideas: Both Wrong, Both Right - Growing up I was a fan of superheroes. On weekends, I would spend endless hours cemented to the television enamored by courageous animations battling their foes in an attempt to save humanity. I was fascinated, not only by their strength and endurance, but also by their overwhelming intelligence. Somehow, they always made the right decision, just in time to rescue the victim and restore the world to its formerly peaceful state. Looking back, it is easy to see why superheroes are not real. While these programs undoubtedly offered me continuous entertainment, they also lulled me into the mindset that in every conflict, there exists only one right and one wrong answer....   [tags: Perspective, Opinions, Pernkopf's Atlas]
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A Rise in ADHD Diagnosis Analysis - “’When people don’t fit in, we react by giving their behavior a label, either medicalizing it, criminalizing it, or moralizing it,’ Nigg says,” (Koerth-Baker n.p.). Professor Joel Nigg, a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University, made this statement in reference to the growing amount of people diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medicine for it. The amount of people with prescriptions has increased immensely over the past several years, and will continue to grow over the next several years....   [tags: prescriptions, adhd, adderall, ritalin]
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Whistleblowers: Are They Heroes or Traitors? - Imagine a world without leadership, without risk-takers. The buildup for security would create a facade of a dystopian society with false freedom. The need for people to speak up is vital for a diverse, functioning environment. Whistle blowers are just the people who will expose the flaws, give the knowledge, empower the people, and count on them to make collective decisions on how to deal with these issues. Whistleblowers are intriguing. They grip the crowd’s attention through the risky and dangerous oddities they perform....   [tags: Pro Whistleblower Essays]
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The Worth of a Demi-God - In a group of bizarre, costumed crime-fighters, Dr. Manhattan must be put in his own category. Partly due to the facts that he neither fights crime nor wears a costume. But what truly sets him apart in this fantastic tale of superheroes is that he is the only character with superhuman powers. From the onset, we are given immediate clues that Dr. Manhattan is no ordinary character. His extreme powers tell us he is not like the rest of the superheroes. Before he utters a single word, his blue-ish color suggests his cold attitudes; his pupil-less eyes tell us that he sees things differently....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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The Ideal Superhero: Iron Man - Superhero characterization and depiction is often highly subject variation. This develops multitudinous characteristics linked to the idea of a superhero. In this time of the great superhero boom in cinema, literature, and other media, it is pertinent to define what constitutes a superhero and to validate certain comic book characters as superheroes. Therefore certain essential qualifications must be established and matched in order to obtain the classification of superhero. These qualifications are the display of superpowers, above average intelligence, bravery, selflessness, and the ability to best a strong archrival....   [tags: superhuman abitlities, superpower]
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Alan Moore's The Watchmen - Allen Moore’s sordid depiction of twentieth century life presents a complex world, where the distinction between a virtuous hero and a villainous wrongdoer is often blurred. In stark contrast to the traditionally popularized portrayal of superheroes, whose unquestionably altruistic motives ultimately produce unrealistically idealized results; the realistically flawed characters of Watchmen exist in a multi faceted world characterized by moral ambiguity. America’s imperialistic ambitions have long been justified as an expression of American idealism....   [tags: Alan Moore, The Watchmen]
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