The Pop Culture Lens Episode 11: Captain Midnight

In the eleventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast Blair Davis of DePaul University to discuss a pulp hero from the radio era, Captain Midnight. Captain Midnight began as a radio serial in 1938 (which you can listen to here), at the dawn of the…

Making Sense of Superheroes: Awareness of superhero genre conventions around the world

Report by CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, Roskilde University (March 6, 2009) of the Quantitative Results (This paper was presented at the Danish scifi convention Fantasticon to discuss the nature of superheroes.) A series of quantitative and qualitative questions were asked of individuals around the world on: whether or not certain characteristics defined superheroes; creating their own…

The Morality of Superheroes

Previously I have discussed the definition of superheroes, the international nature of superheroes, and the ability to consider superheroes from different legends and religions.  In this post I share my thoughts on the ethical and moral nature of superheroes, on how we could consider them to be role models for our modern lives.  The further…

A World of Superheroes

As a lead up to a panel I will be on about superheroes and religion, I am reprinting here a series originally created for Clearance Bin Review.  This series focuses on one of the current driving forces in American pop culture: superheroes.  In the previous article, I focused on working out just what exactly is a…

From Jezebel: DC Comics Contest: Draw a Naked Woman Committing Suicide

Seriously, just what is wrong with DC lately?  Have the editors in charge taken leave of their senses?  Has the success of Marvel as of late completely rattled them? First the horrendous sexualization of women in the New 52 (and everything else idiotic since then).  Then the horrendous death of Lois Lane to spur a…