History Comicbook / MiracleMan

4th Aug '16 3:01:34 PM thatother1dude
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* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: A persistent theme in the books, is what is the worth of Michael Moran in comparison to his superhero alter ego. [[spoiler: Moore gives the unfashionable answer of "not much at all" and Moran's identity is totally erased and Miracleman takes over for good.]]
** The final issue [[spoiler: asks this of humanity as a whole. In a world where everyone's either a super or has the choice and capacity to be one, and all human problems and vices are solved overnight, what value does everyday humanity have or why would some people choose to remain human even when they have the choice of being gods?]]
31st Jul '16 12:34:00 PM nombretomado
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The origin of ''Marvelman'' is convoluted. In the early fifties, the perceived similarities between Superman and Captain Marvel led to a famous legal battle between Fawcett Comics and DCComics. L. Miller held the rights to reprint the American ComicBook Captain Marvel in the UK but the legal hurdles in America meant the end of material for them to reprint and distribute to the local market. Since the comics were highly popular, they decided to commission a CaptainErsatz of Captain Marvel. Mick Anglo developed Marvelman, his supporting cast and villains in the course of his adventures, which lasted 350 weekly issues, between 1954 to 1963. Marvelman became popular as young men's reading material and its bright colour adventures were considered refreshing in England during TheFifties.

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The origin of ''Marvelman'' is convoluted. In the early fifties, the perceived similarities between Superman and Captain Marvel led to a famous legal battle between Fawcett Comics and DCComics.Creator/DCComics. L. Miller held the rights to reprint the American ComicBook Captain Marvel in the UK but the legal hurdles in America meant the end of material for them to reprint and distribute to the local market. Since the comics were highly popular, they decided to commission a CaptainErsatz of Captain Marvel. Mick Anglo developed Marvelman, his supporting cast and villains in the course of his adventures, which lasted 350 weekly issues, between 1954 to 1963. Marvelman became popular as young men's reading material and its bright colour adventures were considered refreshing in England during TheFifties.
7th Jul '16 3:06:02 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* AuthorAppeal: Invoked and deconstructed. [[spoiler:Because Gargunza was left completely to his own devices with Miraclewoman and Young Nastyman, the pulp fantasies he devised for them slowly became more sexual, violent and depraved, both to stimulate their future breeding and for his own kicks. Miraclewoman considers him an impotent little creep for it, too pathetic to bother hating; meanwhile, the inconsistency of Young Nastyman's cruel, hedonist reality renders him completely insane and unable to discern if actions have consequences.]]
7th Jul '16 12:58:37 PM DuckDuckNoose
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* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: A rare instance of it played for drama; after 18 years of remaining as the increasingly powerful Kid Miracleman and becoming untethered from his human form, the sociopathic adult "Johnny" can't clearly remember, among other things, what it was like to change back. When he carelessly says "Miracleman" for the first time in decades, he's horrified.
11th Jun '16 5:20:42 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* GovernmentConspiracy: Entirely responsible for Miracleman's (retconned) origins, being the ones who brought Dr. Gargunza to the Qys' crashed UFO and financed his experiments. The chap in charge, Sir Dennis Archer, grows guiltier and guiltier at what he unleashed on the world, and eventually [[spoiler:commits suicide during Kid Miracleman's massacre of London]].
11th Jun '16 5:16:44 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Downplayed. Prior to Miracleman's return, Kid Miracleman had a career as one, but not much detail is put into how he runs his company from day to day. That said, he ''does'' casually murder his secretary as his first KickTheDog moment (of many)...
11th Jun '16 5:13:26 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* SpaceColdWar: One exists between the Qys and the Warpsmiths. [[spoiler:They later make some kind of "peace" when their respective leaders engage in an orgy.]]
11th Jun '16 5:10:30 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Pretty much Miracleman's entire pantheon believes in this, but Huey "Firedrake" Long gives one of the most encapsulating quotes:
-->''"You see some little kid about to drink Clorox, you gonna take away his free will or he ain't gonna get no destiny."''
11th Jun '16 5:07:37 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* CityOfSpies: Features in a short story later in the series.

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* CityOfSpies: Features in a short story later in the series.series, during Gaiman's run.



* GeniusBonus: Both the Moore and Gaiman runs are filled with references to obscure books, films, and music.


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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Kid Miracleman, inarguably. More arguably, Miracleman and Miraclewoman are subject to this themselves by the end of Moore's run.
31st May '16 12:47:54 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Discussed in-universe; after Miracleman has taken over the world, he allows the tapes of his "fake" life in Gargunza's para-reality chamber to be freely circulated as entertainment. Many of his worshipers look for allegories and symbolism in every second of these childish stories, which Miracleman reacts to with mild amusement.
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