Comic Culture: Impact of comics apparent in society
In our society, certain ideals are held in high regard. Individuals relentlessly pursue these ideals to achieve a perceived perfection. These principles are often depicted in media that further glorifies and establishes a desire to pursue these paragons. In a medium such as comic books, however, these standards and perceptions are heavily distorted by the characterizations and settings. Particularly, the superhero genre absorbs the ideals we strive towards and regurgitates them in an extreme and.
Who is your favourite superhero? Who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman? What about the Avengers and the X-Men?
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These are external links and will open in a new window. Through Spider-Man, the X-Men and many other characters, the late Stan Lee sought to make a positive and lasting difference. And it's even more difficult to imagine there was a time Lee nearly quit the industry altogether.
When the Blu-ray edition of Avengers: Age of Ultron fell through my letterbox last week, the cover showed Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk emblazoned across the middle of the box. Hovering in the sky above them, smaller still, is The Vision. Had I ordered the DVD edition, the cover would have been the same size but featured only the first four superheroes. Or three white guys and one green one, depending on how angry everyone was. Black Widow had already suffered the indignity of being removed from her motorbike, a toy version of which was sold with Captain America replacing her in the driving-seat. And you thought Sue Storm was the Invisible Woman. And likewise, many comic book movies are far behind the comics that inspired them.
They tell us something about who we are. Comics, specifically American comics, have a tendency to reflect the social and political landscape of the country. In another respect, I see comics as a reflection of who we are. I think that movie had to end like that at that time. It felt like a friend had died. But for me, it was that Legion of Superheroes story, which really affected me.