EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

EDITORIAL: Comics and Conspiracy: The Mining of the Lunatic Fringe

Recently, in an interview with New Empress Magazine, controversial comic scribe Mark Millar was asked about the inspirations behind the Ultimates. As those who read our Digital Time Machine piece last week will remember, the Ultimates is without a doubt the most driving influence in comics behind the creation of the new Avengers movie. The book essentially cast actor Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury years before Marvel Studios even existed, much less began to…

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EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

EDITORIAL: The Chaining of Clark Kent

When superstar writer Grant Morrison was announced as the writer of DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch of Action Comics it was made clear that this was not going to be the Superman we were used to seeing. Taking his cue from the early work of Siegel and Schuster, Morrison’s Superman would return to his roots as a social crusader fighting for the little guy, the underrepresented masses who had been disenfranchised by the ever-increasing power of monied interests…

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EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

EDITORIAL: Why Super-Heroes Should Be More Political

It’s time to really figure out if superheroes belong in the political arena. It can be difficult to find quality discussions on the role of politics in comic books. In the last year, there have been three articles of varying quality that have attempted to address this very divisive issue. Back in October, Sara “Babs” Lima of ComicVine.com posed the question to readers as to whether or not political content in comic books alienates readers….

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EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

EDITORIAL: Mainstream VS Indie Comic Books: Where’s the Beef?

Several months ago when I started Capeless Crusader, I decided to approach comics from a very specific angle. I wanted to find those comic books which either directly or tangentially addressed important social issues and made full use of comics’ ability to act as a lens through which we see our own society. Up to this point, my own experience with comics had been largely defined by what most people consider mainstream books. That is, comic…

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EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

EDITORIAL: Superman For President?

The idea of super-heroes becoming involved in politics is hardly a new one. A recent post on RedState, entitled “Does America need Superman or Batman as its next President?” prompted me to revisit this concept. The RedState piece attempts to shoehorn Superman into a comparison with current Republican contender Rick Santorum while likening Batman with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (a much closer comparison.) The piece’s writer, posting under the moniker “teapartier,” talks of Superman…

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COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

COMMENTARY: America’s Got Powers… And Problems

  Yesterday, ComicBookResources released a new teaser for America’s Got Powers, a new series by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch. In the release, Ross talked briefly about the premise for the series, which involves the use of superhumans who had previously been locked away by the US government for reasons of public safety in a gladiator-like reality TV show. The complete story is available on CBR. What makes America’s Got Powers a topic of interest for this…

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EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

EDITORIAL: Can Mainstream Comic Books Be Socially Relevant?

Superhero comic books have always served as a popular lens through which we can view our own society. They have chronicled characters’ journeys through (largely) American history in the years leading up to and through some of the largest armed conflicts in human history, intense social turmoil, and the present malaise that has afflicted much of the world as nation after nation faces economic crises and austerity measures. With that longevity and their place in…

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