Doctor Who Modern Series 6 Finale – The Three Youngest Doctors? Spoilers?

| May 30, 2011

IMDB posted an interesting cast list for the final episode of the current Doctor Who season. If you actually believe you could somehow avoid learning this news (IF it’s even right) between now and October, then do not scroll to the closeup of that IMDB page. SPOILER BELOW (if IMDB is right, that is): Given […]

Why Robin? Why Does Batman Work with an Underage Sidekick?

| May 26, 2011

Stan Lee with John Romita, Jr. – Heroes’ Origins: Super Orphanage!

| May 25, 2011

While working on my chapter about why Batman works with a boy sidekick, I’ve been contemplating how and why the most famous superheroes all tend to be orphans. For Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man, their parents’ and surrogate parents’ deaths are integral to their origins. Daredevil too. Robin’s origin was a deliberate reflection of Batman’s own. […]

Long-Term Criminality and the Superhero’s Superego

| May 24, 2011

(…continued from “Nature, Nurture, and the Kryptonite Bomb”) We know many predictors of long-term criminality, factors that correlate with repeated lawbreaking. Among juvenile delinquents, those who did not start engaging in antisocial actions until adolescence tend to outgrow that behavior, whereas those who engaged in pre-adolescent antisocial actions do not. People who repeatedly break the […]

Nature, Nurture, and the Kryptonite Bomb

| May 23, 2011

(continued) Across media and throughout alternate histories, be they parallel universes, divergent timelines, or “imaginary stories,” one story after another suggests that Kal-El grows up to be the hero Superman because of how his adoptive parents raised him on Earth. Raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent in heartland, U.S.A., he becomes Superman. If raised instead […]

Interview: Moon Bloodgood, Noah Wyle (Falling Skies)

| May 23, 2011

If we are going to be completely honest about it, television over the last few years has been a wasteland for good science fiction shows. There have been exceptions but most shows have died a harsh and just death. Sometimes our geeky eagerness for good science fiction often has us embracing shows with very little […]

Before Tragedy, What Prepares the Future Heroes and Villains?

| May 22, 2011

During our WonderCon panel (“Trauma and Superheroes – To Become a Hero or a Villain?”), my colleagues Robin Rosenberg and Andrea Letamendi discussed how repeated trauma and stress will affect people like police officers, war veterans, and crime victims, including what role those play in nudging people into post-traumatic stress disorder or post-traumatic growth. Will […]

The Psychology of Harry Potter – Another Orphan Boy Who Grows into a Hero

| May 21, 2011

The Psychology of Harry Potter proved to be more relevant to Batman than I’d expected – so relevant, in fact, that I felt like I should never have been surprised. The book has two sections full of chapters that are very relevant to Batman, another orphan boy who grows up to be a great hero. […]

Superherologist at Work: WonderCon 2011

| May 19, 2011

Comics Arts Conference 5: Life After Trauma — To Be a Superhero or Supervillain? Speaker/Artist(s) Info Andrea Letamendi, Robin Rosenberg, Travis Langley. Did you ever wonder why experiencing trauma led Batman to become a hero but Harvey Dent to become a villain? Why Superman hasn’t given up his Herculean task for good after being exposed […]

CDC Zombie Survival Plan WILL KILL YOU

| May 19, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control posted a blog on how to survive a zombie outbreak, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.” We, our friends, and so many friends were abuzz with this topic, particularly regarding the plan’s shortcomings when it actually comes to dealing with zombies – not a word about FIGHTING ZOMBIES?! Where CDC plan falls […]