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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2007, 11:34:47 PM »

In my opinion bad script killed superheroes.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2007, 02:05:18 PM »

Well, the bad script is one.

As to the sci-fi, recall a little device used at the end of World War II called the atomic bomb.  Science had shown that it was powerful.  The interest in sci-fi could be laid at the feet of the atomic bomb.  When the Space Race went into full swing, sci-fi was pushed even further along. Of course with the great sci-fi writers making strides into popular culture also helped.  Admrial Nimitz admitted he took ideas from E.E. 'Doc' Smith in order to fight the war in the Pacific.

Until recently, sci-fi comics were going on strong(Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, etc.).  I think Dreadstarr was the last well known one.

Until the rise of Japanese comics, the most wekll known comic outside of DC, Marvel, and Archie was Elfquest and was moving pretty strong.

If for example the Golden Age Green Lantern still had stories written, I would say that they would not be dealing with criminals, but more magical threats.  I think Conan and Tarzan were also moving pretty strong around this time.

Now that I think about it.  Super-heroes and pulp crime fighters were not seen as exotic.  People wanted escapism from the aftermath of WWII, so sci-fi and fantasy provided those escapist worlds.
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2007, 03:30:00 AM »

People wanted escapism from the aftermath of WWII, so sci-fi and fantasy provided those escapist worlds.
But in those times the people that read comics were kids.8-15 years kids wanted escapism? And about Superman,Weisenger comedy style stories were more escapist that Jerry Siegel adventure-dramatic style stories? and if yes why?
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2007, 02:45:06 PM »

They were more flexible back then... "comics" meant pictures and word balloons, not any one "comics" means (to most of the world) superheroes, period. 

Well, to most of the USA, maybe, although manga is the dominant form of pictures and word balloons, with fantasy adventure, sci-fi, and romance being the dominant genres even in the U.S.  Naruto, Fruits Basket, Yu-gi-oh, Bleach --these are the big "comics" these days, not 10th generation retreads of 1930s superheroes.  If anything, comics publishers, with the exception of DC and Marvel, are more flexible than ever.

Wikipedia has good articles on Wertham and Crime Comics, as well as superheroes --their decline and fall.


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