Superhero evolution

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1. Superheroes and Evolution Ariel Smith 3. Superheroes

  • Powers
    • Physical
    • Psychological
    • Environmental
  • Good vs. bad
  • Originally black & white themes
  • Hidden identity
  • Market to the masses
    • Children
  • Human emotions
  • Tragedy leads to powers or reason for use of them
    • Protects public
  • Not always have powers

4. Evolution vs. Mutation

  • Mostly mutated humans; NOT evolution
    • Hulk, Spiderman, Smallville, Fantastic 4, etc.
  • Few truly evolved superheroes
    • Superman
    • X-men
  • Evolution is seen as benevolent & improving only humans
    • Our evolution has enabled us to evolve into the dominant species on the planet. -X-men
    • Fly through air, super strong, cling to walls, bend time/space, stretch bodies

6. Superhuman Obsession?

  • Mirrors society
    • 1938-45: Superheroes go to war
    • 60s &70s: Questioning Authority
    • 80s: Emotional Maturity
    • Current: war & identity
  • Billions of revenue
  • Empowerment

7. Sources

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/14/arts/design/14comi.html
  • http://www.supermansupersite.com/evolution.html
  • http://blog.koldcast.tv/2009/show-news/the-evolution-of-the-superhero-movie/
  • http://creation.com/lessons-from-evolution-superheroes
  • https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BzS9VaIvkxu3ZWFhNTUxMmItY2QxNi00ZDRjLTk2MWMtYWQzODc1NzlmM2I1&sort=name&layout=list&num=50
  • http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/evolution-is-not-a-theory-for/
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero