Monday, May 31, 2010

Parabasis Bait

Okay, I may not be as big a comic book fan as the folks at Parabasis, but I have come up with an absolute law of where superheros come from. Can any of you guys think of counter examples?

  • Some heroes are born super (X-Men, Superman)
  • Some heroes achieve superiority (Batman)
  • And others have superiority thrust upon them by radioactivity (Spiderman, the Hulk)
  • or when their body is cybernetically rebuilt after an accident (Iron Man, Robocop)


99 said...

Hm. Where's the magic? Dr. Fate, The Stranger, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern...for some reason, DC is rife with heroes who were thrown some magical artifact and became super. I would modify #3 to say "science or magic" and you're pretty much right on.

RVCBard said...

Is Batman the only superhero who achieves superherodom?

CultureFuture said...

Achieving superherodom is, perhaps, less prevalent, but it's certainly there. V, from V for Vendetta is another good example. I can call up more to memory from Supervillaindom -- Lex Luthor, most of the baddies that Iron Man goes up against, Dr. Octopus (debatably -- apparently there's some radioactivity involved?), many of Batman's baddies.

But in comic books, there is usually a de-emphasis of skill and an emphasis of inherent powers, whether in-born or created through biohacking (either through radioactivity or cybernetics). Often the latter category are motivated by the intense desire to catch up with the former category.

RVCBard said...

Is there a comic where the hero is the one who worked for it while the villain is the one who had it handed to them?