Tag Archives: Batman

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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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 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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Comic Book Justice (Part 1)

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 Today is the second anniversary of … Continue reading

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Adding insult to injury

As a comic book character, Batgirl only really took flight once she became permanently grounded.  It wasn’t until a vicious attack by the Joker put her in a wheelchair that Barbara Gordon—daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon and … Continue reading

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Old shul justice

[“Shul” is the Yiddish word for synagogue.] From publishers to creators, Jews were pioneers of the modern comics art form and the giant industry that it built. This is particularly appropriate given the emphasis that both comic books and Judaism have historically … Continue reading

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Behind the mask

Last night, like most Halloweens, superhero costumes were a popular choice for many Trick-or-Treaters (we had two Iron Men and a Spider-Man come to our door). This is a departure from the original concept behind Halloween costumes, which was to … Continue reading

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Love of labor lost

Despite our nation’s pride as capitalism’s greatest success story, and the oft-repeated claim that the preservation of free markets has played a crucial role in the flourishing of  democracy both at home and abroad, the history textbooks I read in … Continue reading

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