Speaking of comics, Salon had this article today about a book dealing with the history of comics. He hits some things on the head – the genius of Stan Lee was how he created antiheroes who suffered from internal conflict.
By the way, have you ever read the Action Comic that featured the first appearance of Superman? It’s interesting. The innovation of Superman was that it was the first superhero. It’s just one of a few stories in the comic, and I’m assuming the others were typical of comics at the time – they were stories of normal people, e.g. like a Western with cowboys and stuff. So Superman sticks out.
What I also found interesting is that in the original Action Comics, Superman can’t fly. He can only jump real high. Hence the “able to leap tall building with a single bound” thing. There are other differences as well that were interesting.
Interesting. Everything is interesting to me.