Category Archives: Heroes

March 31

Illuminance

So much of superhero mythology depends on the symbolism of the heroes and villains. Their code names, costumes, gadgets, and powers combine with their motivations and actions to create a very particular mythological purpose that transcends the individual – Batman represents order and justice regardless of whether it is Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson under […]

March 16

Diametrically Opposed: Superman / Lex Luthor

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Superman is without question the most iconic superhero in all of comic books. He was one of the first superheroes ever published, and his incredible power and unyielding goodness have made him a constant presence in popular culture in the more […]

October 14

Retro Review: Adventure Comics #452 (1977) – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams”

Retro Review takes a look at iconic issues of DC Comics books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Adventure Comics #452 – “Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams” Written by David Michelinie Pencils & Inks by Jim Aparo Colours by Jerry Serpe Letters […]

October 07

Diametrically Opposed: Mister Miracle / Granny Goodness

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Of all of Jack Kirby’s contributions to the world of comic books, the one that is perhaps the most expansive while simultaneously being the least understood is that of the Fourth World – the extra-dimensional realm in which reside the New […]

September 30

The Power of Babel

When the Detective Chimp made his first appearance in the pages of Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, the character was, unsurprisingly, not to be taken particularly seriously. The year was 1952, placing the character’s debut a full four years before Barry Allen’s first appearance and the official start of the Silver Age of […]

September 16

Diametrically Opposed: Golden Age Flash / The Thinker

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Seventy-five years ago, the Flash made his comic book debut, long before Barry Allen ever became the Scarlet Speedster. Also known as the Man of Speed, Jay Garrick was the Golden Age Flash – the precursor to a long lineage of […]

September 09

A Heavy Burden

Many superheroes can trace their origin to a defining tragedy. This is not necessarily the moment the gained their powers or began fighting crime, but rather the critical moment that set them on their life’s path. The obvious example, of course, is the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, which began the years of training […]