The cyclical rise and fall (and rise again) of the superhero archetype in America

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[Note: This is post #3 of the Your Superhero Origin series. which began with the Introduction and the reading list. This post officially begins Part I of Your Superhero Origin in which I discuss the social, cultural, and psychological context for what I call the Superhero Renaissance, and sets the backdrop for Part II which will get into more of the practical, livable components of the YSO philosophy. The purpose of Part I is only to briefly set up a contextual background and is not intended, in itself, to be a cultural history of superheroes or the comic book medium.] Your Superhero Origin, Part I: The Urgency of the 21st Century Superhero Renaissance The Cyclical Rise and Fall (and Rise Again) of the Superhero Archetype in America In Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ game-changing graphic novel Watchmen (1986), superheroes are depicted as having fallen out of favor with the...
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The Pop Mythologist
The Pop Mythologist is the founder and editor of 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.