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Superhero Comic Characters

A superhero is a fictional character having superhuman powers. It is impossible to be a superhero with having these powers. With that in mind where does batman stand? There is no doubt that batman is a hero but is he a superhero. It is difficult to think of any pseudo-scientific or magical acts that he performs. Yet he regularly performs feats of such a high standard that no other human could perform. It is claimed that he can do this as a result of him of him having great strength, athleticism stamina, agility and he is superb at martial arts. His feats are unbelievable, yet they are humanly possible. This has not stopped the public from loving this dark brooding character and treating him as a superhero. Each week he is willing to sacrifice his own life in his own comic book in which he regularly saves Gotham City. If there are doubts about Batman there can be no doubts about Superman and his superhero powers. Superman was the first big comic book superhero. He first appeared just before the start of the Second World War first appearing in Action Comics in 1938. Superman is the last of a dying race from the planet Krypton. As a baby he was put into a rocket where upon he made its way to earth and fell near the town of Smallville....

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Sporting Comic characters

There are many characters that appear in comic strips and have a sporting background. Often the main character in comics is a hero and this can relate well with being a sports star. The “Tough of the Track” appeared in The Rover and The Victor for almost 40 years from 1942. The comic strip featured Alfred Tupper as a “hard as nails” working class hero. The story lines would often feature Alfred as one of life’s underdogs coming up trumps to beat someone from a privileged back ground. He was employed as a welder and after a bust up with his Aunty Meg ended up sleeping by his works bench. His staple diet was fish and chips wrapped in a newspaper. One of his biggest storylines was when he was forced to return his membership card to the Greystone Harriers Athletics Club after an on-track fight with arch rival Vic Mason in the 440 yards race at the Greystone meeting. Another controversial sporting hero was “Look out for Lefty” who was published in the Action comic in the 1970s. The character involved Kenny “Lefty” Lampton who was trying to make a career as a professional footballer. He did this on the back of his trade mark bullet left foot and he had an enemy on the field with “rich kid” opponent Sid Smythe. Lefty had a skin head girlfriend...

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The links between comics and adult audiences and adult entertainment

For the majority of people the initial impression of comics is that that the strips, cartoons and books are aimed at young people. The creation of superheroes and “larger than life characters” fuels the active imagination of the young, motivating them to purchase comics in the future. However, it is clear that as well as having a massive following of young people the comic has also attracted many adult readers. Many of these readers would have started as children and despite their maturing years they have not grown out of reading these books and journals. Some comic books attracts readers as a result of their content. A good example of this is Roy of the Rovers that appeared in its own weekly magazine between 1976 and 1995. The exploits of Melchester Rovers star man, Roy Race, was followed avidly not only by young readers but also its adult followers whose interest in association football had led them into this world of make believe. A trekkie convention in full swing Star Trek has been featured in comics since 1967. It actually came after the first television series in 1966 and the readership contains huge numbers of adult readers. The fascination in the series is reflected with the trekkie conventions which are meeting points for fans of the series and the majority of those attending are of adult age. There are...

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Turning comics into Television

There have been numerous occasions when comic book characters and adventures have been turned into television “one offs” and even series. Many of the fictional characters that are on aired today can be traced back to the comic books of yesteryear. One of the most famous characters in British comic book history is Dennis the Menace and he has appeared in the Beano alongside his dog, Gnasher, since 1951. In 1996 the BBC produced an animated TV series called Dennis and Gnasher which ran until 1998. In all 26 episodes were recorded in the 2 series. A second series then followed in 009 with 102 episodes and was aired on the British CBBC channel. The rebellious teenager and his trusty dog proved as popular on television as they had been, for over half a century, adorning the front cover of the Beano. One of the first comic book characters to appear on television was Captain Pugwash. The loveable pirate was created by John Ryan and first appeared in an issue of The Eagle in 1950 and then more regularly in the Radio Times. In 1957 the BBC commissioned Gordon Murray to produce at total of 86 five minute films. The first series was aired in black and white but by 1974 Pugwash was seen in color. Some animated television series are not necessarily aimed at the young and this...

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Turning comics into films

There are no shortage of film heroes on the big screen that have found their origins in comic books. Some of the biggest hits at the movies have been based around superhero comic book characters. A closer look into the film industry uncovers more characters in films that started in comic books than one would realize. Sin City was a series of comics introduced by Frank Miller in 1991 in the Dark Horse manuals. The comic was turned into a film in 2005 and produced in the same neo noir style that the comic had been written in. A fine cast including Micky Rourke, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Clive Owen were able to recreate the dark shadowy characters in a series of dark plots. Filmed partly in black and white the atmosphere of the comic book was recreated perfectly on the film set. The Addams family have found fame as both a television series and also on film. Many people forget that the Addams Family started in the New Yorker in 1938 as a cartoon strip and ran until 1988. The film was released in 1991 and was brought alive by the fine acting skills of Angelica Huston and Raul Julia. The characters, such as Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday and Lurch were skillfully transferred from the comic page to the screen’s stage. Not all transitions from the comic book...

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