Ten Things: Ten Socially Conscious Supers

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Nearly every superhero is out to cure the ills of society, whether it be righting wrongs, stopping disasters or just crackin’ bad guy skulls together.  Some of them, though, go a step further…

Welcome to Ten Things!

Whooshman-Bicarbonate Films, in conjunction with ‘An Amateur Comics Historian’ and that time that Luke Cage, Storm and Spider-Man beat up cigarettes, Presents:

TEN SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS SUPERS!

10) ANIMAL MAN


After the success of ‘Zenith’ in the U.K., Grant Morrison made his way to the States to work for DC, with his first work being the post-Crisis revival of Animal Man, a rather obscure science fiction hero from the 60s.  Being a stalwart animal rights activist and a vegetarian, Morrison imbued those storyline elements into the hero’s adventures.  This is the tale that put both Morrison and Animal Man on the map narratively and creatively, making its points with a subtlety that later tales wouldn’t (or couldn’t.)

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!And a nice red uniform.

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