Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Kathleen talks comics: Why is it that some comic book characters have reached cultural icon status (ie, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the collective X-Men, the collective Avengers) while other, equally important characters languish in practical obscurity (Green Lantern, the Titans, Doctor Strange, Swamp Thing, the New Mutants)? What is it that fires the imagination and casues a character to "catch on"? Does the character have to be modelled on a simple archetype? Instantly recognizeable? Is it a question of longevity? Or is it really, as the cynical part of my brain insists, all down to which ones had television shows?