History SoYouWantTo / WriteASuperheroComic

31st Mar '17 8:24:03 PM Doug86
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''Creator/{{Marvel}}'' and ''Creator/{{DC}}'' have spent decades doing a great job of holding our attention. Study them well.

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''Creator/{{Marvel}}'' ''Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}'' and ''Creator/{{DC}}'' ''Creator/{{DC|Comics}}'' have spent decades doing a great job of holding our attention. Study them well.
16th Mar '17 10:49:28 AM nombretomado
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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?

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Another subversion would be to focus on non-heroic characters. For example, a comic about the trials of a sidekick, or a VillainProtagonist -- the webcomic ''{{Narbonic}}'' ''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'' did both (at the same time!) to great success. Changing the focus from Heroes to Heroes-in-Training, such as in the webfiction [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] and the webcomic ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'', is also an option. Or even a character who isn't a hero or a villain at all, but just happens to live in a world with them (like Creator/KurtBusiek and Creator/AlexRoss' ''{{Marvels}}''); how might the InnocentBystander feel about living in a world of superheroes?
6th Mar '17 7:56:16 AM susaga
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!!'''Online Resources'''

* Creator/GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.
8th Jan '17 1:39:42 PM nombretomado
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You may also want to avoid most of Jeph Loeb's later work, particularly ''TheUltimates 3,'' unless you have an obsession with death and/or women being eaten. His earlier work, in particular those that involve Batman, Tim Sale or both, are safe for consumption, however.

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You may also want to avoid most of Jeph Loeb's later work, particularly ''TheUltimates ''ComicBook/TheUltimates 3,'' unless you have an obsession with death and/or women being eaten. His earlier work, in particular those that involve Batman, Tim Sale or both, are safe for consumption, however.
29th Oct '16 12:11:41 PM nombretomado
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Speaking of new media, the {{Franchise/DCAU}} as a whole is an excellent job of transporting comic book characters into WesternAnimation while ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is the best example of how the Marvel characters get such treatment. In addition, Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', created by GregWeisman, is a superb original creation that can show you how Shakespearean literature and medieval history can provide a wealth of material when use in conjunction with the conventions of the genre. Just remember to confine yourself to the first two seasons that were first-run syndication, avoid ''The Goliath Chronicles'' episodes and read Weisman's SLG comics that replaced them as canon.

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Speaking of new media, the {{Franchise/DCAU}} as a whole is an excellent job of transporting comic book characters into WesternAnimation while ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is the best example of how the Marvel characters get such treatment. In addition, Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', created by GregWeisman, Creator/GregWeisman, is a superb original creation that can show you how Shakespearean literature and medieval history can provide a wealth of material when use in conjunction with the conventions of the genre. Just remember to confine yourself to the first two seasons that were first-run syndication, avoid ''The Goliath Chronicles'' episodes and read Weisman's SLG comics that replaced them as canon.
23rd Oct '16 12:50:59 PM nombretomado
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* GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.

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* GailSimone's Creator/GailSimone's [[http://comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com/ Comics Survival Kit]] offers advice from comics industry pros.
7th Aug '16 6:16:10 PM nombretomado
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In particular, the work of Creator/StanLee and his collaborators at Marvel, especially Creator/JackKirby and Creator/SteveDitko, in the 1960s is widely credited for creating the ideas of superheroes (and villains) with more than one dimension, and for spearheading a lot of what we take for granted in modern superhero comics. Twenty years later, ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'' proved DC's earliest really successful emulation of style with a youth oriented style that proved so influential that DC decided to revise all of TheDCU towards it in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

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In particular, the work of Creator/StanLee and his collaborators at Marvel, especially Creator/JackKirby and Creator/SteveDitko, in the 1960s is widely credited for creating the ideas of superheroes (and villains) with more than one dimension, and for spearheading a lot of what we take for granted in modern superhero comics. Twenty years later, ''ComicBook/TheNewTeenTitans'' proved DC's earliest really successful emulation of style with a youth oriented style that proved so influential that DC decided to revise all of TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU towards it in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
11th Jun '16 8:10:03 AM DoctorNemesis
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'''Personality Specific Enemies''' may seem even more rare, but can be the most useful of all and actually happen all the time. Again, contrast is the key; the beauty of Joker facing Batman is to see someone so light-hearted contrasting with the mirthless Dark Knight (not to mention the fact that the [[LightIsNotGood light-hearted mirthful clown is a]] [[MonsterClown psychopathic murderer]] while [[DarkIsNotBad the grim, black-clad avenger is a hero]]. These personality traits can also challenge the hero to play a different game than they're used to. For example, what if you placed Green Lantern Kyle Rayner against someone older, wiser and no nonsense, countering his youthful creativity? How about Flash against someone ultra-patient, extremely careful and low-key? Spider-Man against someone completely cold, completely unaffected by his humor and taunts?

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'''Personality Specific Enemies''' may seem even more rare, but can be the most useful of all and actually happen all the time. Again, contrast is the key; the beauty of Joker facing Batman is to see someone so light-hearted contrasting with the mirthless Dark Knight (not to mention the fact that the [[LightIsNotGood light-hearted mirthful clown is a]] [[MonsterClown psychopathic murderer]] while [[DarkIsNotBad [[DarkIsNotEvil the grim, black-clad avenger is a hero]]. These personality traits can also challenge the hero to play a different game than they're used to. For example, what if you placed Green Lantern Kyle Rayner against someone older, wiser and no nonsense, countering his youthful creativity? How about Flash against someone ultra-patient, extremely careful and low-key? Spider-Man against someone completely cold, completely unaffected by his humor and taunts?
11th Jun '16 8:09:26 AM DoctorNemesis
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'''Personality Specific Enemies''' may seem even more rare, but can be the most useful of all and actually happen all the time. Again, contrast is the key; the beauty of Joker facing Batman is to see someone so light-hearted contrasting with the mirthless Dark Knight. These personality traits can also challenge the hero to play a different game than they're used to. For example, what if you placed Green Lantern Kyle Rayner against someone older, wiser and no nonsense, countering his youthful creativity? How about Flash against someone ultra-patient, extremely careful and low-key? Spider-Man against someone completely cold, completely unaffected by his humor and taunts?

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'''Personality Specific Enemies''' may seem even more rare, but can be the most useful of all and actually happen all the time. Again, contrast is the key; the beauty of Joker facing Batman is to see someone so light-hearted contrasting with the mirthless Dark Knight.Knight (not to mention the fact that the [[LightIsNotGood light-hearted mirthful clown is a]] [[MonsterClown psychopathic murderer]] while [[DarkIsNotBad the grim, black-clad avenger is a hero]]. These personality traits can also challenge the hero to play a different game than they're used to. For example, what if you placed Green Lantern Kyle Rayner against someone older, wiser and no nonsense, countering his youthful creativity? How about Flash against someone ultra-patient, extremely careful and low-key? Spider-Man against someone completely cold, completely unaffected by his humor and taunts?
30th May '16 4:21:27 PM givcon14
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Superheroes also generally require the SecretIdentity - a public superhero identity and a private civilian identity. This is not uniform, however, and there's many superheroes who only have one (and even for those who have both, sometimes it's the ''[[SecretIdentityIdentity civilian identity]]'' that's the mask, and the Superhero form is the real "them")[[note]]Superman being arguably the most well-known example of this[[/note]].

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Superheroes also generally require the SecretIdentity - a public superhero identity and a private civilian identity. This is not uniform, however, and there's many superheroes who only have one (and even for those who have both, sometimes it's the ''[[SecretIdentityIdentity civilian identity]]'' that's the mask, and the Superhero form is the real "them")[[note]]Superman being arguably being the most well-known example of this[[/note]].
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