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Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new SupermanThor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS
[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman

Thor smiles; naturally, even. The new Superman smiles with sad eyes, like it’s a bone thrown to the audience to let them know that this isn’t just a flying Batman. Thor battles the bad guys with a sense of fun, even though, and here’s the interesting part, he’s a warrior who surely kills people. So, do I have a double standard here? Why is it OK for fictional alien do-gooder No. 1 to kill people and not the other guy? Well, it’s all in the execution, so to speak. Superman unleashed holy hell in a dark, painfully contrived, no-win scenario, culminating in a disturbing snapping of a person’s neck. Thor threw his super-hammer at a rock monster in a daylight battle, smashing it to pieces, and then delivering a fun quip. Did that rock monster have a rock family? A little rock monster at home, wondering where rock daddy is? I don’t know. Who cares? It was gleeful and ludicrous and unreal, like a comic book. Bloodless and bright: natpo.st/1f0nkYS

[Illustration by Steve Murray]

Tagged with:  #Thor  #Superman  #Movies  #Comics
Archie Comics gets a ghoulish makeover in ‘harcore horror’ series Afterlife
The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover. In Afterlife With Archie, a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops. (Photo: Archie Comics/The Associated Press)

Archie Comics gets a ghoulish makeover in ‘harcore horror’ series Afterlife

The vibrant, cheerful and safe town of Riverdale is getting a ghoulish makeover. In Afterlife With Archie, a series debuting Wednesday, publisher Archie Comics is launching not just its first horror title, but also its first book carrying a rating for teens and older sold only in comic shops. (Photo: Archie Comics/The Associated Press)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Lois Lane!


England gets suave superspy James Bond; America gets Superman. And Canadians get Lois Lane. By which I mean, they get Lois. They understand that the patriotic superhero’s love interest is more than a sidekick minus cape or catsuit, or a glorified Bond girl. Besides, Lois doesn’t need an alter-ego: she’s interesting enough in her own right: natpo.st/12DXFiQ

Man finds Action Comics No. 1 — worth $100K — in walls of his house. Then rips cover by accidentIt’s a mole, it’s a dust bunny — no, it’s a Superman comic book.A Minnesota man discovered what is being called “the most valuable comic book of all time” inside the walls of a home he is remodeling. David Gonzalez says what he found is worth some $100,000. That’s more than 10 times what he says he paid for the house.

Man finds Action Comics No. 1 — worth $100K — in walls of his house. Then rips cover by accident
It’s a mole, it’s a dust bunny — no, it’s a Superman comic book.

A Minnesota man discovered what is being called “the most valuable comic book of all time” inside the walls of a home he is remodeling. David Gonzalez says what he found is worth some $100,000. That’s more than 10 times what he says he paid for the house.

Tagged with:  #news  #comics  #Superman
At 45 years old, pale, balding, pudgy and foul-mouthed as ever, Louis C.K. is the face of modern comedy: natpo.st/10KNUe7

At 45 years old, pale, balding, pudgy and foul-mouthed as ever, Louis C.K. is the face of modern comedy: natpo.st/10KNUe7

Tagged with:  #Louis C.K.  #Comedy  #HBO  #TV  #Comics

Father knows best in Darth Vader and Son
Darth Vader was a pretty good father — at least he wanted to be. Think about it: He’s only prevented from attending the birth of his children by Obi-Wan Kenobi. He asks Luke to “rule the galaxy as father and son.” And he throws Emperor Palpatine down the Death Star’s reactor shaft to stop him from killing his son.

“I would think that Vader would be, in a way, a good father that would raise a bad person,” cartoonist Jeffrey Brown says. “He would be one of those fathers who’s very stern — not very warm and cuddly, but trying to impart his knowledge and values on his child. I think that most people would think that imparting your values on your children is an important part of parenting, but when your values are, you know, killing people, [it’s] maybe not so good.” (Jeffrey Brown/Chronicle Books)

Sarah Boesveld asked Evangelos Tziallas, a University of Concordia doctoral candidate who presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to share his thoughts on the world’s most famous superheroes and what they mean in a post-9/11 society. Steve Murray illustrates.

Sarah Boesveld asked Evangelos Tziallas, a University of Concordia doctoral candidate who presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to share his thoughts on the world’s most famous superheroes and what they mean in a post-9/11 society. Steve Murray illustrates.

Tagged with:  #Comics  #Superheroes
Green Lantern revealed as DC Comics’ new gay character
Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and enduring heroes no matter what parallel earth he’s on, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.
The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of Earth 2 out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

Green Lantern revealed as DC Comics’ new gay character

Green Lantern, one of DC Comics’ oldest and enduring heroes no matter what parallel earth he’s on, is serving as a beacon for the publisher again, this time as a proud, mighty and openly gay hero.

The change is revealed in the pages of the second issue of Earth 2 out next week, and comes on the heels of what has been an expansive year for gay and lesbian characters in the pages of comic books from Archie to Marvel and others.

Tagged with:  #Comics  #Green Lantern  #DC  #Books
Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay character, to marry beau in upcoming comic
Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar.
The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of Astonishing X-Men No. 51, due out June 20.

Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay character, to marry beau in upcoming comic

Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar.

The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul Beaubier will marry his beau, Kyle Jinadu, in the pages of Astonishing X-Men No. 51, due out June 20.

Tagged with:  #Marvel  #Comics  #Northstar
Avengers, Assembled!
Presenting the Top 4 Marvel Avengers, as chosen by you, the National Post reader!

Avengers, Assembled!

Presenting the Top 4 Marvel Avengers, as chosen by you, the National Post reader!