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I thought I would talk about my love for comic books, and how they themselves fit into the world of Fantasy. I have been a fan of comics for years, and it wasn't until recently that I have had the chance to enjoy them again. I know I haven't covered all of the comic book favorites, but if you have any don't hesitate to shoot me an email.
I'm Lonewolf and it is my honor to be your editor this week.
When I think of fantasy the first thing that crosses my mind is comic books. I have been a fan of comic books since a very young age. I received my first comic book when I was at the tender age of seven. I didn't keep any of my comics, and I always regretted that because I imagine they would be worth a pretty penny now. I didn't understand the importance of comic books until I was much older. Many factors drew me to comic books, but primarily were the outfits the superheroes wore.
My first comic book was Batman, and from that moment on I wanted to be a superhero. I didn't necessarily want to be someone other than myself, but I definitely did fantasize about being someone beyond who I was. I wanted to make that quick change from civilian to superhero. Most of the time it was the desire to have superpowers, so I could protect my family. I inherited a small collection of comic books from my uncle Mike. He had a lot of the first editions from Superman to Spider-man, but there was also Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck as well. I was always envious of the heroes that could fly around namely Superman. He was one of the most interesting second only to Batman.
Superman was Superman all the time and his disguise was Clark Kent, while Batman on the other hand was Bruce Wayne by day. He would then became Batman at a moments notice to protect the weak. What intrigued me by Batman was the fact he fought without the use of a gun. Spider-man is another favorite of mine because as Peter Parker he did whatever he had to do, so he could have normalcy in his life. He finds himself competing with his alter ego all the time which I found to be interesting. All of the Heroes I mentioned are the result of amazing writing and great creators who expand what the heroes are as time goes on..
Heroes have always captured the imagination of the young and old. Many of the characters we're familiar with in the Hollywood productions started life as drawings on the pages of a comic book. The rising interest in comic books, or graphic novel collections has grown in the past ten years. Below are a few of my favorite characters from the Comic book Universe.
Batman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), and since then has appeared primarily in publications by DC Comics. Originally referred to as "The Bat-Man" and still referred to at times as "The Batman", he is additionally known as "The Caped Crusader", "The Dark Knight", and "The World's Greatest Detective," among other titles.
Superman is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by DC Comics, widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born American artist Joe Shuster in 1932 while both were living in Cleveland, Ohio, and sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938, the character first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) and subsequently appeared in various radio serials, television programs, films, newspaper strips, and video games. With the success of his adventures, Superman helped to create the superhero genre and establish its primacy within the American comic book. The character's appearance is distinctive and iconic: a blue, red and yellow costume, complete with cape, with a stylized "S" shield on his chest.
Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962). Lee and Ditko conceived of the character as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and as a teenager, having to deal with the normal struggles of adolescence in addition to those of a costumed crime fighter. Spider-Man's creators gave him super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using devices of his own invention which he called "web-shooters", and react to danger quickly with his "spider-sense", enabling him to combat his foes.
The Flash is a name shared by several fictional comic book superheroes from the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940). Nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster, all incarnations of the Flash possess "super-speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and seemingly violate certain laws of physics. Thus far, four different characters-each of whom somehow gained the power of "super-speed"-have assumed the identity of the Flash: Jay Garrick (1940-present), Barry Allen (1956-1985, 2008-present), Wally West (1986-2006, 2007-present), and Bart Allen (2006-2007, 2009-present). Before Wally and Bart's ascension to the mantle of the Flash, they were both Flash proteges under the same name Kid Flash.
The X-Men are a superhero team in the Marvel Comics Universe. They were created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The X-Men #1 (September 1963). The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. Xavier recruited Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl, calling them "X-Men" because they possess special powers due to their possession of the "X-gene," a gene which normal humans lack and which gives mutants their abilities. Early on, however, the "X" in X-Men stood for "extra" power which normal humans lacked. It was also alluded to that mutations occurred as a result of radiation exposure.
The Hulk is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). The Hulk is cast as the emotional and impulsive alter ego of the withdrawn and reserved physicist Dr. Robert Bruce Banner. The Hulk appears shortly after Banner is accidentally exposed to the blast of a test detonation of a gamma bomb he invented. Subsequently, Banner will involuntarily transform into the Hulk, depicted as a giant, raging, humanoid monster, leading to extreme complications in Banner's life.
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