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The Pop Mythologist

The Pop Mythologist
The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of PopMythology.com. He has been a staff writer for the nationally distributed magazine KoreAm , the online journal of pop culture criticism Pop Matters and has written freelance for various other publications and websites.

Steve Ditko, Spider-Man, and how fighting for others makes us stronger (literally)

In tribute to the work and legacy of Steve Ditko, Pop Mythology style, let us look closely at on one of the best sequences that Ditko ever created for his greatest character, Spider-Man, which is also one of the greatest moments in comics period. And let us mine it for the Hero Wisdom it offers us.

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Your Superhero Origin: Introduction

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of interlinked pieces that will be posted under the unifying title and category of Your Superhero Origin. Originally, it was intended to a book, and essentially it still is. I initially had plans to self-publish this book, both for the desired speed …

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REVIEW: ‘Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger’ takes its Korean hero to hell and back

This hardcover volume of the 'Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger' limited series comes with a diary/essay by series creator and writer Onrie Kompan which details the long road - full of trials and setbacks - that he had to walk to bring his creative vision to life. The 'Yi Soon Shin' series is one of the most impressive achievements in indie comics, but this bonus material by Kompan should be required reading for aspiring indie comic creators everywhere.

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Black Panther: It takes a false myth of millions to hold you back

In this article I discuss the Black Panther phenomenon and suggest the ways in which, despite some legitimate criticism towards it, it is a profound and beautiful example of what I call a 'counter myth' which can inspire people who feel excluded from dominant myths or threatened by destructive myths.

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