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Transcript of superheroes

" Our Life is the product of our thoughts"

Marcus Aurelius
The Marvel Universe
Stan Lee
- was born 1922

-Marvel's chief editor in the sixties

- He invented Spiderman, The Fantastic
Four and many other superheroes

- He is one of the most important
personalities in the comic industries
Table of Content
1 The Marvel publishing house
2 Marvel Comics in the Sixites.: An Analyses of their popularity and social
2.1 Marvel superhero comics and and the influence of the Cold War
2.1.1 The Fantastic Four
2.1.2 Iron Man
2.1.3 Vietnam
2.1.4 The large influence of the Cold War and its reason
2.1.5 Captain America
2.2 The characteristics of superheroes: what made them so special ?
2.2.1 Spiderman The Amazing Spiderman: Story Plot Spiderman's humanity in comparison with Captain America 1941
2.2.2 Superheroes as a role model Spiderman's positive psychology The superheroes' morality
2.2.3 Superhero Teams
2.3.1 The Avengers
2.3.2 The Fantastic Four as a Family
3 Marvel Comics today
created with two other artist
the Marvel Universe in which
all of the superheroes live together
Jack Kirby
Steve Ditko
Founded by Martin
Creation of Captain
America one of the
first superhero
Decade of Monster,
Horror and other sci fi
since 1960
The Fantastic Four
Invented in 1961 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
The Team members
their superpowers
Mr. Elastic
The Thing
Invisible Girl
The Human Torch
Anti communism in the Marvel Superhero Comics
Why are the Comics

so anti communistic ?
- The Fantastic Four: Issue 1

- The Fantastic Four: Issue 13

- Anti communism also in other Marvel
comics e.g. Iron Man, The Avengers...
The Beginning of the Fantastic Four
The Fantastic Four used a provided space
shuttle to beat the communist in the space
race without caring about their own security
The radiation in space gives them their
The Marvel Universe: A mixture between reality and fiction
- Moon race against their communist enemy called "Red Ghost"

- " Red Ghost" loses the fight because he treats his three ape slaves badly and they turn against him
Story Plot
The communist's enemy image
- Greed after power

- The three ape slaves
- many letters to the editor, in which anti
communism is praised

- Comics are a mainstream product therefore
they reflects the people's attitude

- After the change of the people's opinion
the comics' anti communistic content were banished
" I would like to compliment you involving Communists in your stories, although most other companies do not. One other company DC, when asked why it did not have its heroes fighting Communism, replied something about not
involving itself
in politics, etc. I feel that their approach is somewhat cowardly . Communism is not something to be shrugged of so lightly. It is a constant threat to our entire nation and it should be dealt with accordingly. I am glad that at least one company is realistic enough to call our attention to this threat and arouse our interest against it. "
The Characteristics of Superheroes: What made them so special ?
The Amazing Spiderman
Invented by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962
What made Spiderman to the
best sold comic book in the
sixites ?
Can be seen as a metaphor
and an unrealistic hope of the Americans
The Amazing Spiderman: Story Plot
With great power

comes great responsibility
Spiderman as a role
Spiderman`s morality
-He does not abuse his power even if he is in a bad situation
- uses his power for the greater good even if it is not acknowledged
Spiderman's struggles
- feel guilty because of uncle Ben's dead which he
could prevent easily

- permanent money personal and career problems
for example he is blackmailed in school
Appeals to the readers because of his imperfection and humanity
Spiderman does not give up
Spiderman's positive


- optimism which means that Spiderman does not give up until he find a solution

- wittness which Spiderman often uses in dangerous situations
that concludes...
in Spiderman
All in all
- ordinary teenage boy

- imperfection

-positive psychology
leads to a
positive feeling while reading it
Superheroes today
“To be honest, when I was writing these stories a million years ago, I never thought about movies at all one way or another. It would have seemed almost miraculous for these things to be movies someday. To me, they were just comic books that I hoped would sell so I could keep my job.”
Stan Lee
1 The Marvel publishing house

2 The Influence of the Cold War on the example "The Fantastic Four"

3 The characteristics of superheroes on the example of " The Amazing Spiderman"

4 Marvel Comics today
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Wright Bradford W, The Transformation of Youth Culture in America, The Johns Hobkins university press, Baltimore, 2001
Ryall Chris, Scott Tipton, The Fantastic Four as a Family, The strongest bond of all, in Morris Tom, Matt Morris, Superheroes and Philosophy Truth, Justice and the Socratic way, Popular Culture and Philosophy, Volume 13, Open Court publishing company, Illinois, 2005, 118-129
Lee Stan, The Fantastic Four 13, Marvel Comics Group, New York, 1963, edited as eBook, The Fantastic Four 13, Marvel Comics Group, New York, 2010,
Lee Stan, The Fantastic Four 1, Marvel Comics Group, New York, 1962, edited as eBook, The Fantastic Four 13, Marvel Comics Group, New York, 2010,
Robichaud, Christopher, With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility, On the moral duties of the superpowerful and super-heroic, in Morris Tom, Matt Morris, Superheroes and philosophy truth, Justice and the Socratic way, Popular culture and philosophy, Volume 13, Open Court publishing company, Illinois, 177-193
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