« Home | What a shame Hollywood is adapting the works of Wa... » | Chuck Dixon out of employment now at DC » | Older issues of BND were tacked onto latest sales ... » | DiDio admits that DC isn't trying to gain new foll... » | I never knew there was a Dick Tracy museum... » | Comic Book Carnival Twenty-One » | Quesada keeps on denying reality » | In September, a Teen Titan thought dead returns » | More comics in the classroom » | Titans trashed by Judd Winick » 

Saturday, June 14, 2008 

AFP tears down on Superman

For the Man of Steel's 70th anniversary, the AFP news syndicate has chosen to run an article in which I think they're keeping on with the notion that only dark and flawed heroes are what appeal to today's audience, even teenaged:
NEW YORK (AFP) - Superman, the original comic book superhero, turns 70 this month, but his strength and invulnerability draws fewer fans in the 21st century world of flawed, postmodern heroes.


In his 2007 master's thesis at Georgia State University, another student of the genre, Aaron Pevey, wrote that Superman lost popularity precisely because he is invulnerable.

"While Superman might have succeeded as a modern hero, he fails as a postmodern one," wrote Pevey. That explains, he believes, why DC Comics has seen a slump in sales of Superman comics over the last few years.

Teenagers prefer darker, troubled, sometimes ambivalent heros, including such classics as Batman, Spider-Man or Wolverine of "X-Men" fame.
Same old, same old, and I personally find the assertion that only "darker" heroes appeal to me insulting. Come to think of it, the idea that even Spider-Man is "dark" may be inaccurate: his origin does have a tragedy, and there are times when he's had to deal with some very terrible things in life, including, lest we forget, the stupefying awful One More/Brand New Day, but even Spidey's world is far from being totally dark and depressing.

And while the article does mention Kryptonite at the end, to just say that Superman is invulnerable is exaggerated - if Lex Luthor and other supervillains in the DCU want to, they can build weapons with considerable force that don't need Kryptonite to make them formidable to Superman.

And unsurprisingly, the AFP doesn't even try to study the comics industry under a microscope and consider that it's not just Superman's comics that are failing, but also a lot of other books from both DC and Marvel, and why? Because they're wasting precious time with outmoded crossovers, forcing ridiculous editorial mandates that include making even anti-heroes less heroic, and doing almost nothing inspiring with them either. No human interest stories done with devotion in which, for example, the heroes could battle the illegal drug trade and terrorism. How do they expect anyone to be excited about reading major comics if they have nothing promising of the sort to offer?

If anything, I don't like how the article continues pushing the notion that only "darker" and "troubled" heroes are what appeal to everybody. IMO, it's exaggerated, and superficial to boot. It takes more than to just say people like darker and flawed heroes to make a convincing argument in a case like this, and the AFP just isn't doing it.

Labels: , ,

About me

  • I'm Avi Green
  • From Jerusalem, Israel
  • I was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. I also enjoyed reading a lot of comics when I was young, the first being Fantastic Four. I maintain a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy in facts. I like to think of myself as a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. I don't expect to be perfect at the job, but I do my best.
My profile



  • avigreen2002@yahoo.com
  • Fansites I Created

  • Hawkfan
  • The Greatest Thing on Earth!
  • The Outer Observatory
  • Earth's Mightiest Heroines
  • The Co-Stars Primer
  • Realtime Website Traffic

    Comic book websites (open menu)

    Comic book weblogs (open menu)

    Writers and Artists (open menu)

    Video commentators (open menu)

    Miscellanous links (open menu)

  • W3 Counter stats
  • Bio Link page
  • blog directory Bloggeries Blog Directory View My Stats Blog Directory & Search engine eXTReMe Tracker Locations of visitors to this page  
    Flag Counter

    This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

    make money online blogger templates

Older Posts Newer Posts

The Four Color Media Monitor is powered by Blogspot and Gecko & Fly.
No part of the content or the blog may be reproduced without prior written permission.
Join the Google Adsense program and learn how to make money online.