Superheroes

The Batman and Tolkien’s Batman

By |2019-08-01T23:45:27-06:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Heroism, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Senior Contributors, Superheroes|

While we continue to marvel at the steady stream of superheroes being pumped out in comics and movies, I am more interested in ordinary heroes. The ordinary hero is the man or woman behind the scenes. They are the ones who play the steady, supporting role. Natural second fiddles, they are the loyal retainers [...]

Bob Kane and Bill Finger: Batman’s Creators

By |2019-05-03T11:24:01-06:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Batman Series, Bradley J. Birzer, Character, History, Senior Contributors, Superheroes|

Though somewhat disputed as to just how much each person contributed to the creation of the character and backstory of The Batman, both Robert Kane (born Robert Kahn; 1915-1998), as credited in the first story, and Milton Bill Finger (1914-1974), not credited, invented the character. The two had actually teamed up during the several [...]

War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson

By |2017-07-13T22:08:14-06:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Film, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Myth, Senior Contributors, Superheroes, Television, War|

The perennial moral that Wonder Woman learns is that evil, and the war which is one of its manifestations, can never be finally destroyed in human history… It’s been many years since I’ve been in the habit of watching films. It’s not because I’ve turned my back on the motion picture as an art [...]

A Holiday Film Festival for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2016-12-28T22:17:38-06:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Film, Star Trek, Superheroes, Whit Stillman|

One way to celebrate the Christmas season and the New Year is to relax with family and friends by coming together around a movie. Here’s a list of suggestions: 1. Rogue One To enjoy this film, you have to go into it realizing that you are not going to see a Star Wars episode. It [...]

The Provocative Imagination Behind Comic Books

By |2016-02-16T14:35:33-06:00August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Imagination, Stratford Caldecott, Superheroes, Technology|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series, affords our readers the opportunity to join Professor Stratford Caldecott as he goes beyond the artistic elements of comics and marvels at the questions begged by their narration—questions concerning the meaning of life and the relationship between man and technology. —Alyssa M. Barnes, Editorial Assistant) The imagination of the child [...]

The Man of Steel: Reinventing Jesus?

By |2016-02-14T16:01:05-06:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: Communio, Film, Stratford Caldecott, Superheroes, Superman|

Striking poses in a church is not Superman’s usual schtick, but here he is in his own comic (4 June 2004) startling a priest by turning up for…a sort of confession. He is still wearing the classic costume, which was later redesigned for the “New 52” and the spectacular MAN OF STEEL, recently released. [...]

The Silver Surfer: Rider of the Spaceways

By |2016-02-14T16:01:07-06:00September 16th, 2012|Categories: Communio, Education, Moral Imagination, Stratford Caldecott, Superheroes|

The Silver Surfer was one of Jack Kirby’s inventions for Stan Lee's Marvel Comics, a silver-skinned alien on a flying surfboard endowed with the “Power Cosmic” (the ability to play around with–reshape and transform–matter and energy). This meant he could generate really big explosions if needed, and was basically much more powerful than most other [...]