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THE HERO DEFINES THE GENRE, THE GENRE DEFINES THE HERO by Peter Coogan-Original superhero was Superman bc he embodiedoMissionoPowersoIdentity-Superhero: a heroic character with a oUniversal, selfless, prosocial mission (ACTIVELY SEEK to fight evil and protect innocent)Fits in with existing mores of societyNot intended to benefit or further the superherooTypes of powers - Abilities and qualities that raise a person’s performance above the ordinary Inherent (X-Men)Advance technologies (Iron Man)Alien (Superman)Supernatural (Doctor Strange)Highly developed physical/mental skills (Arrow)oHas identity embodied in a code name and iconic costumeIdentity shows missions and powersCode name conveys aspect of character such as mission/power/personality Costume conveys his/her place within the community Often have dual identities, the ordinary kept secret Expresses transformation from ordinary person to superhero
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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics, Peter Coogan, Original superhero