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Superhero comics


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    • Superhero comics
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    • Supervillain comics
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    • found: Marvel database, via WWW, Dec. 6, 2012(Superhero: A superhero is a character who is noted for feats of courage and nobility and who usually has a colorful name and costume which serve to conceal their true identity, and abilities beyond those of normal human beings. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine, although this term has fallen out of favor in the modern era. The word superhero originated with Superman, who debuted in 1938, and the stories of superheroes - ranging from episodic adventures to decades-long sagas - have become an entire genre of fiction that has dominated American comic books and crossed over into several other media; Supervillain: A supervillain is a variant of the villain character type, commonly found in comic books. Supervillains concoct complex and ambitious schemes to accumulate power and suppress adversaries. They often have colorful names and costumes and/or other eccentricities. Female supervillains are sometimes known as supervillainesses. Supervillains are often used as foils to superheroes and other fictional heroes. Their extraordinary brainpower and/or superhuman abilities make them viable antagonists for the most gifted heroes.)
    • found: Serchay, D.S. The librarian's guide to graphic novels for adults, c2010:pp. 39-41 (Graphic novels come in all genres, both fiction and nonfiction--superhero, adventure, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, crime, true crime, horror, romance, historical fiction, historical nonfiction, biography, autobiography, memoir, and more; Superhero. The vast majority of trades are in the superhero genres, with over 70 years worth of stories available) p. 53 (The term can also be written as "super-hero" or "super hero")
    • found: Best superhero/supervillain comics, via Goodreads website, Dec. 6, 2012.
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