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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.

Iron Man: Step Up to the (Metal) Plate

One look at Iron Man in both the comics and the movies and it’s not hard to see why, on the surface, he’s such a popular character: He’s rich, famous, good-looking, surrounded by cutting-edge technology, creatively and intellectually brilliant and armed with the funniest mouth in the Marvel universe next to Spider-Man. In short, he’s everything that women want and everything that men want to be.

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Heroes and Monsters: When Good Girls Go Bad

There's often a thin line between what separates heroes and monsters. If you think about it quite a number of horror/thriller movies are basically superhero stories gone wrong. This post will talk about a sub-genre (or more like a sub-sub-genre) of horror that I'll arbitrarily call "superhero horror" and the morals and lessons we can extract from them.

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2012: The Year in Heroism

Every year, as we approach its end, many of the bigger news media outlets typically have retrospective reviews of news highlights from the year with titles like “2012: A Year to Remember” (or something of that sort). Usually, as reported by the bigger news entities, a significant portion of these …

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New York: A City of Superheroes

New York is a city of superheroes. Of course, here follows my usual disclaimer that superheroes are metaphorical archetypes, and so by “superhero,” I don’t mean people with supernatural powers in tights and capes.  I mean regular people demonstrating heroic attributes:  bravery, generosity, compassion, selflessness or often some combination of …

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