Category Archives: Non Fiction

Misogyny unmasked

Tonight PBS is airing a three-hour documentary, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, which, among other things, promises to examine how caped crusaders have addressed “contemporary social issues” throughout their 75-year history in comics, radio, television and film. Hopefully, this will include battlefield … Continue reading

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Comic Book Justice (Part 6)

Full series Part 1: Childish things Part 2: Secret origins Part 3: Faster than a speeding ballot Part 4: All that glitters Part 5: The big chill Part 6: Super power to the people During WWII and the Korean War, … Continue reading

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Hooded injustice

If Trayvon Martin had lived in Gotham City, he’d still be alive. Because in comic books, vigilantes are never wrong. That’s really the most remarkable and important thing about a superhero (the comic book term for “vigilante”). X-ray and microscopic … Continue reading

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Standing up for women

Texas Senator Wendy Davis walked right out of a Frank Capra movie and into the world spotlight when she stood on the floor of her state senate for more than 11 hours June 25th to filibuster a bill that would … Continue reading

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Dynamic Duo (Part 2)

Jack Kirby, known as the “King of Comics,” brings a visual dynamic to the duo of iconic figures I’m celebrating for their influence on my life. Kirby, who would have been 95 today, is one of the founding fathers of the comics industry … Continue reading

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Dynamic Duo (Part 1)

Starting today, I am celebrating the birthdays of two iconic figures who are among the most well-known and loved men in their respective fields—social justice and comic art storytelling. Even though these two sons of working class Jewish immigrants were born … Continue reading

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Comic Book Justice (Part 5)

Full series Part 1: Childish things Part 2: Secret origins Part 3: Faster than a speeding ballot Part 4: All that glitters Part 5: The big chill Part 6: Super power to the people Even as a new era of … Continue reading

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Comic Book Justice (Part 4)

Full series Part 1: Childish things Part 2: Secret origins Part 3: Faster than a speeding ballot Part 4: All that glitters Part 5: The big chill Part 6: Super power to the people While Superman and several of his costumed … Continue reading

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Comic Book Justice (Part 3)

Full series Part 1: Childish things Part 2: Secret origins Part 3: Faster than a speeding ballot Part 4: All that glitters Part 5: The big chill Part 6: Super power to the people In this part of my history … Continue reading

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Comic Book Justice (Part 2)

Full series Part 1: Childish things Part 2: Secret origins Part 3: Faster than a speeding ballot Part 4: All that glitters Part 5: The big chill Part 6: Super power to the people Part two of my series on … Continue reading

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