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In June of 2014, the National Post carried an article by Ira Wells, titled ‘America through the lens of its superheroes‘, which presented some insightful observations on the American fascination not only with its superheroes but with their serial resurrections, the proliferation and domination of what Wells called “the origin story“, a repeat of the discovery of Superman or the maiden voyage of the Enterprise. He said this wasn’t just an ingenious marketing device for Hollywood studios but represented something much deeper in the cultural mind of Americans, noting that these archetypical American superheroes are people without a past, not circumscribed by what has come before. He then stated that there is “an unquenchable thirst, a kind of inbuilt narrative desire in America to go back to the origins of things, to punch history’s reset button, reboot our lives and start again.” He asked whether Americans essentially lived “outside of history“, like their superheroes, not circumscribed by what has come before, being people without a past. He then noted that America’s own “origin story” seemed to be in a constant state of regeneration, with a new beginning always on the horizon, and he ended with the notion that the American imagination seemed almost supernaturally well-suited to this re-booting of society and of historical memory, noting importantly that the launching of the new history was intimately linked to the repression of old histories.

It wasn’t clear from the article if Wells appreciated the depth of his own perception, and I found myself wishing he had developed his theme a bit further. He was of course correct in the notion that Americans have been living ‘outside of history‘. That is precisely where they have been, their lack of a unifying history and culture being an insurmountable impediment to their progress as a people, their only adhesion coming from their mythical political religion. But America, and Americans, still fail and still have existential crises, in spite of their almost superhero powers. And whenever America appears again to be failing as a nation, as it has been especially since 2008, we have another flood of resurrected superheroes which represents precisely Americans “punching history’s reset button and starting again“. The economy has collapsed, democracy has failed everyone except the Jewish lobby and the top 1%, the American Dream is dead and the future looks hopeless. But then suddenly Superman is reborn, and America can re-boot and start over.

In an earlier article I wrote that whenever pressure is placed on Americans by unpleasant truths knocking on their doors, they employ the standard tools of denial, rationalisation and self-adoration, after which they just re-boot the system, clearing the data from all open files and erasing the (historical) memory. Then we re-start as if nothing untoward had ever happened. This is where America is today. The economic, authoritarian, judicial and political environments have created an existential crisis for which Americans have no powers to repel or even guide. It is increasingly apparent to them that the fundamentals on which their emotional well-being has been predicated, have been increasingly trashed by their own government, and their ability to ‘feel good to be an American‘ rapidly disappearing in consequence. And of all the possible responses available to them, Americans turn desperately to juvenile Hollywood imagery and replenish their emotional emptiness by flocking to the cinema to celebrate the rebirth of Superman, vicariously celebrating their own imaginary rebirth through a cartoon character. While this imagery might be appropriate for eight-year-old children, it is a bit ridiculous when adopted by adults, but this seems to be an accurate indication of the American mentality, the result of a century of mass manipulation and programming.

Such is the power of the sympathetic imagery created by Lippman and Bernays, arousing emotional experiences even more fake than those at Starbucks – and of much more human consequence. We can recollect Neal Gabler’s observations that the Jews of Hollywood created a shadow America, with a cluster of images and ideas so powerful that they colonized the American imagination, and that, ultimately, American values came to be defined largely by the movies the Jews made. The rebirth of Superman and the rebooting of America constitute one of those values.

Mr. Romanoff’s writing has been translated into 32 languages and his articles posted on more than 150 foreign-language news and politics websites in more than 30 countries, as well as more than 100 English language platforms. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is one of the contributing authors to Cynthia McKinney’s new anthology ‘When China Sneezes’. (Chapt. 2 — Dealing with Demons).

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  1. Alden says:

    Don’t bother reading this insane drivel.

    FYI ignoramus Larry, kids stopped buying and reading comic books 40, 50 years ago. The only people who read them are nerdy geek weirdo young men. Like you perhaps. Might interest you to know that way back in the late 1949s early 50s there was a congressional committee hearing to discuss whether to ban comic books. The Mr&Mrs Buttinsky types ( like you ) considered comic books unwise as they lead to juvenile delinquency and crime.

  2. A123 says: • Website

    The attempt to debase comics is a tale of recurring failure. Woke preachiness loses money every time it has been tried: (1)

    DC Comics Canceling Gay Superman‘s Solo Run After Failure to Sell

    Only, the response hasn’t at all been “fantastic.” In fact, it’s been abysmal according to the charts. DC Comics stopped publishing its sales numbers after its new social justice-focused comics began drowning. As I reported in January, the initial debut of “Son of Kal-El” sold only 68,000 copies putting it at number 17. By the third issue, it had only sold 34,000, putting it at number 77.

    It’s unclear what sales look like due to DC hiding those numbers but if they’re ending the run at 18 issues then it’s likely far worse.

    Supposedly this one is good, but I have not seen a copy myself: (2)

    Fantastic Four: Full Circle, is a beautiful and engaging new graphic novel written and drawn by comic book artist Alex Ross. Ross became famous in 1994 with Marvels, which used traditional painting to depict superheroes. He’s a legend in the world of comics.

    Full Circle uses pen, ink and color rather than paint, but the images still explode off the page with awesome energy. The book is a throwback to the high adventure of 1960s Marvel Comics, infused with hope for the future and American pride in the space program, and free of political correctness

    PEACE 😇



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  3. The superhero genre is very much the creation of Jews. The original superhero, Superman, was the brainchild of Jerry Siegel and Joel Schuster. Stan Lee (nee Lieber) was the driving force behind Marvel Comics and all the superheroes (Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, et al) they introduced. All of them are supernatural demigods who defy the laws of gravity, biology, and logic.

    I have to think this phenomenon is a reflection of the age-old Jewish expectation of a messiah, a superhero for the Jews. Of course, this sort of thing has little commercial potential, but when you tweak the superhero concept to a champion of the city…the country…the world, your market has no limits. Exploiting the public’s wishful thinking pays big dividends.

    At the same time, the rise of the superhero dovetails with the loss of agency of the individual. You don’t have to be Jewish any more to pine for a messiah — the Trump phenomenon comes to mind. Elect him and he will set things right/make America great again! Even in down-ballot elections the implication is that if we just elect our guy, then happy days are here again.

    It may be understandable that children, small and powerless, would be attracted to superheroes. And that used to be the target audience for superhero comic books. Whatever mommy and daddy can’t take care of, Superman will. When adults refuse to grow up, they maintain their interest in superheroes. Hence the domination of superhero movies and CGI (computer generated images) at your local multiplex. And so it will remain, as there is no indication that Americans are ready to grow up and live in the real world.

    • Agree: Larry Romanoff
  4. All of them are supernatural demigods who defy the laws of gravity, biology, and logic.

    They sure do.

    I’ve yet to see or hear any plausible explanation as to why or how, no matter what Bruce Banner happens to be wearing at the time of his transition, the Hulk always ends up wearing stretchy purple pants.

    Must be another undocumented side-effect of Gamma radiation poisoning.


    BTW, gravity is just an empirical “law”, derived from repeated observation. Who’s going to arrest you if you choose not to obey it?

    More than several pious characters in recorded history – most notably Catholic Saints in my limited experience, but no doubt there are many more from other walks of life – had the admittedly (extemely) rare ability to “levitate” or, as might be more colloquially expressed in reference to St. Francis of Assissi, “float around the tree-tops”. At least one that I’m aware of also had fully mastered the power of bilocation – the ability to be in several different locations at the same time (accompanied by what might be interpreted by us lesser mortals as the ability to teleport at will). Another had the power to travel bodily through time and space in much the same way as the “watchers” from the fictional Fringe television series.

    Unique talents indeed, and not confined to the pages of any comic book series.

    The “superhero” meme is, of course, pure fantasy and IMO largely the unconscious projection of wishful thinking onto an otherwise unfriendly world. But there are stranger things than idealised comic book “superheroes” at work in the real world – some of them good, and some decidedly bad.

    Bottom line is, outside of fictional narratives marketed for entertainment and profit, we don’t actually have recourse to comic book “superheroes” to support or save us, nor have supernatural agencies in the real world given any undertaking to protect us, and in any case we shouldn’t need them nor should we hope for such intervention (which BTW actually makes me rather skeptical about any “White Hats” narrative that might be doing the rounds).

    Whatever situation we find ourselves in, it’s ultimately collectively up to us to save ourselves.

  5. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:

    A demur, if I may: the comic-book nonsense is imposed. Demand is induced.

    It’s certainly true that as US statist dogma becomes increasingly ridiculous you need to fantasize more comprehensively. As the pervasive sadism of Jew State extermination galls every decent human, you need spinning yentas magically generating love and peace. The CIA/Mossad axis will have to regress to Teletubby levels of infantile simplicity to put their shit across.

  6. The superhero genre is very much the creation of Jews.

    Not true. What were Gilgamesh, Hercules, Achilles, Ulysses, and Hector if not super heroes? The characters created by E. R. Burroughs and Howard? The protagonists of the various “Tall Tales” from American folk lore? John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and Mike Fink.

    Yes, the Jews might have started printing them in 4 colors on newsprint, but super heroes have been part of the human psyche since we started telling stories around fires.

    If you listen to a CCP shill, who thinks people go to Wal Mart for the “experience”, reference an 8 year old essay written by a Canadian and think he has some insight to Americans, well I have a bridge to sell you or how about some ocean front property in Montana.

  7. Derer says:

    Alden, is this an insane drivel to you?

    Romanoff: “The economy has collapsed, democracy has failed everyone except the Jewish lobby and the top 1%, the American Dream is dead and the future looks hopeless.”

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  8. @Alden

    “Don’t bother reading this insane drivel. FYI ignoramus Larry, kids stopped buying and reading comic books 40, 50 years ago . . . nerdy geek weirdo young men. Like you . . . The Mr&Mrs Buttinsky types ( like you ) . . .”

    Thank you for your informed diatribe, but you seem to have commented on the wrong article. The essay made no mention of comic books. The main point of the article, and in fact the entire content, appear to have passed you by entirely.

    However, that isn’t the main issue. I notice you have posted nearly 25,000 comments in the past few years. I have made a few hundred and I think that is too many, but 25,000? That would have to be nearly a full-time job. Plus, the Unz Review doesn’t have so many new articles every day, insufficient to occupy your time, so you must be doing this on other platforms as well.

    Your comments seldom seem to contribute useful information or present a new point of view; they seem to be mostly on a kind of “search and destroy” mission, which would indicate a severe socio-pathology. Given the astonishing volume of your comments and the intense hostility expressed, I would conclude you are likely confined to an institution somewhere and this is your only outlet.

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  9. @Chris Mallory

    “What were Gilgamesh, Hercules, Achilles, Ulysses, and Hector . . . John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill. ”

    You are very much off-base on this. Those names were legends, not “super-heroes” in any sense. There were few young boys dreaming of being Gilgamesh or Tarzan, much less Paul Bunyan. You seem to have two purposes here; (a) give the impression of possessing vast knowledge and (b) smoke up the room to help readers lose sight of the main point.

    And that main point was a serious sociological and psychological condition that appears to exist only in the USA. Superman, straight or gay, is not an idol in Europe, Latin America, Asia or Africa, nor are Batman, Spiderman, and all the others. There is no other nation in the world that re-boots itself in this manner.

    You are doing readers a disservice with your misinformation – which appears to be calculated and deliberate. I don’t know who you are, but your approach is a Jewish Hasbara template, as is your standard Hasbara tactic of avoiding the content and attacking the author with gratuitous insults. That much is certain.

    You are merely a dishonest Troll, and should be exposed as such.

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  10. have to think this phenomenon is a reflection of the age-old Jewish expectation of a messiah, a superhero for the Jews. Of course, this sort of thing has little commercial potential, but when you tweak the superhero concept to a champion of the city…the country…the world, your market has no limits. Exploiting the public’s wishful thinking pays big dividends.

    The Romans had the same idea, 2000 years ago.

    “Better Call Saul: Christian Romanism as the First Psy-Op”

    “The hypothesis is that in order to deal with the turbulent Jewish militants who were mucking up the Romans’ hitherto successful efforts to peacefully incorporate local cults into the Empire and choosing to rebel in the name of their unique gods instead, the Imperial court around the Flavian emperors — which included several Jewish turn-cloaks, most importantly the court historian Josephus — decided to extend the existing cult of Emperor-worship by co-opting the messianic, goy-hating Jewish movement built around a failed rebel named Jesus, and then using it to preach a peace-loving, and Roman-loving, doctrine shorn of all those peculiar Jewish laws and customs that had led the Romans to call the Jews “haters of mankind”; first, using Saul of Tauris — code name “Paul,” a familiar of the Flavian circle and Praetorian Guards — as an agent of disruption, then drafting the Gospels (most likely the work of another member of the Flavian circle, Josephus) to provide a backstory.”

  11. @Alden

    Comics were already weird as hell when I was growing up in the 80s and 90s.

    I kind of regret convincing my mom to buy me so many.

  12. JR Foley says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    Alden’s parents were forced to leave when he was too young to realize it, leaving him in the care of Maren, his older sister. Though she generally did a commendable job parenting when she herself was still a child, the lack of real supervision and guidelines created a certain wildness in Alden. He grew to be unresponsive to authority and extremely whimsical, often caught daydreaming both when and where he shouldn’t be. Paired with a natural intellect high above a normal child’s, this wildness fostered a thoroughly unusual childhood.

  13. Alrenous says: • Website

    He was of course correct in the notion that Americans have been living ‘outside of history‘.

    Again, the Regime thanks you for spreading American propaganda.

    Americans certainly like to pretend they have no past, but those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Americans are more shackled by their previous decisions, not less.
    Americans desperately try to deracinate themselves because their roots are indefensible. Also because Anglos hate their families for some reason. American don’t succeed in having no history, but do succeed in atomizing themselves and having no choice but to render unto Caesar.

    America’s violent ignorance of its own history revokes impermanence for specifically its mistakes. The errors become “part of the culture” and “just how things are done” rather than a fallible decision that could have been decided differently. The alternatives are forgotten, vanishing into obscurity. Can’t choose something you can’t think of.

    Much easier for the slave to pretend to be free when everyone puts blinders on and can’t see any options.
    P.S. About half the reason the slaves were “freed” was so that the non-contrast between voters and slaves could be covered up. Slaves have more de-facto rights than modern Americans, not fewer.

    So, fun fact: superheroes are inherently evil. They are dishonourable and irresponsible.
    *(Good and evil aren’t really real.)

    Batman is a great simple example. What does his [no killing] vow in fact accomplish? Aside from being theocratically Christian? It multiplies the Joker’s victims. Batman saves criminals at the expense of the lives of law-abiding bystanders.
    Batman could most certainly clean up Gotham’s criminal element permanently. He chooses not to.

    Superman conquers your city and then gives it back to you, so you can fuck up and he can conquer it again. Apparently for sadistic pleasure.

    The simple fact is that Superman owns Metropolis, but pretends he doesn’t. Dishonourable. He allow Lex Luthor or whatever to make a mess in his Metropolis, knowing full well his serfs can’t do anything about it, then swoops in at “the last minute” to “save” them.

    Superman is an inherently destabilizing force. He refuses to secure Metropolis properly – or to pay for any of the “collateral damage” he gleefully causes with his own money – and he also refuses to let anyone else secure Metropolis properly. The conqueror doesn’t let anyone else take his toys away.

    Every superhero clearly understands Christianity perfectly. It’s about being supine and doing nothing so you don’t accidentally get in the way of a Saviour who will save you. Superheroes are irresponsible and promote irresponsibility.
    Aesop: the gods help those who help themselves.
    Jesus: the god helps precisely those who don’t help themselves.
    Hey, let’s just check in on what physics thinks…
    To be fair, not trying to help yourself is a fairly good strategy if you’re five years old. Just wait for mommy or daddy to do it for you.

    P.P.S. Batman reads better if you see him not as a person, or even an alter-ego, but as a ghost. Bruce Wayne didn’t survive the mugging: he was shot too.
    Ghosts are irrational and delusional, don’t realize they’re not dead and can’t make any significant changes, can’t choose when or where to affect things, etc etc. Q: how does Batman vanish when you turn around for 500 ms? A: he was never genuinely there in the first place. He has no physical body.
    His [no killing] rule is making a virtue out of necessity; the ghost isn’t strong enough to kill a mortal. Batman doesn’t use a gun not because of some moral righteousness but because the ghost gets too emotional to touch one. It would merely pass through his ectoplasm if he tried.

  14. Alrenous says: • Website

    In summary superheroes who don’t mind their own business, which is all of them, are supervillains.

    The only have the slightest chance of looking good because their actions cause devastation at one remove, instead of causing devastation directly.

    This is also why Marvel villains are vastly more compelling than their “heroes.” (For publishers this is happy accident. Crime promotion++.) The “heroes” cause devastation but lie and feel conflicted about it. The villains do the same thing but without the lying. Rather than trying a sneaky-fucker plausibly-deniable conquest, the villains conquer straightforwardly as a matter of open policy and conscious strategy. The outcome is the same – why not pick the side that doesn’t hate itself?

    Basically Gotham’s police department is mad at Batman for being incompetent at promoting crime. He sometimes in fact prevents and discourages crime, by mistake. How foolish. Gotham PD vs. Batman is a near perfect metaphor for left vs. “right” in real-world politics.

    For giggles, let’s also talk about the perpetual status quo.
    Imagine the Illiad except the Trojan war had to last forever and none of the prophecies about Achilles could be fulfilled or averted. This is what Homer would have had to do to get published by the comic book industry. (And by transitive property, the manga industry.) By inspection, this is a shit story. Near pure sewage. It’s barely a [story] at all, since nothing happens.

    You know what does work as a perpetual story? Marriage and children. Dynasties. Families. I should hardly have to explain why forming stable households can’t be part of Regime-approved literature.

    Reminder that all Regime narrative vectors are unpopular. Having parents could not be more universal, and yet all Regime stories immediately do away with the parents, and this is not some weird deviance. It’s all about portraying unpopular things as popular. Portraying the weird and defective as normal.
    Peasants have awful taste so you can’t say there are no upsides to this, but the point is the lies, which is, shall we say, not a good trade.

    I used to think Hollywood was strangely bad at determining what was a good movie and what wasn’t. More fool me. They’re great at it – they very specifically suppress good movies. They have so much trouble with movies failing because they’re trying to finesse it and riding as close to unwatchable as possible. At some level of [literally nobody watched this] you can’t even pretend to be popular, no matter how many journalists you bribe, after all.

    See also: games industry. See also: book industry. See also: music industry.

  15. Realist says:
    @Larry Romanoff

    Your comments seldom seem to contribute useful information or present a new point of view;…

    The new point of view statement could be said of all Unz Review articles.

  16. Alrenous says: • Website

    1%? Absurdly overgenerous. Democracy has also failed the 1%, which is why you’re allowed to talk and think about them. “Let’s you and him fight, go 99th % vs. 98th %!”

    Try the 0.01%. Even then, I’m being a bit generous.

    And the Amish of course. Democracy hasn’t failed them. They’re known for their unbeatably sly conniving and unstoppable plutocratic wealth, right?

  17. Trinity says:

    Are you kidding me??? Look at how many goy geeks geek out over all those (((Marvel & DC comic book movies.))) You have Nigra grannies watching “Black Panther” and believing Wakanda was real.

    I can see why people wanted to ban comic books back in the day. The totally controlled Jew comic book industry slowly indoctrinated American youth with the usual anti White, anti America, horeshit. Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman, etc., all fighting Nazis, lolol. Then you had Black superheroes fighting evil.Whitey instead of arresting Black thugs raping White females. Now we have homosexual superheroes fighting for Jew rights. hehe. Are there transgender superheroes???

    Always wondered? Is the Penguin character a Jew? teehee.

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  18. Trinity says:
    @Chris Mallory

    Not sure who created The Lone Ranger or The Green Hornet, but both characters represent “White Supremacy.” Haha. Lone Ranger with an Injun inferior sidekick, Green Hornet has an Oriental servant.

    I can just imagine some kid being taught this drivel in (((collage))) in a course on “,Racism In Graphic Novels.” All for tens of thousands of dollars.

    Oops, forgot about Tarzan. Talk about the ultimate in “White Supremacy.” White dude is The King Of The Jungle in Africa.

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  19. @Larry Romanoff

    You are a liar and the truth is not in you.
    I was not commenting on your misbegotten scribblings, I was commenting on how larger than life heroes have been a part of the human experience since we were created.

    But as to your point, you are wrong on just about every thing you write.
    Every thing you write is just smoke and mirrors. Your writings are supposed to appeal to the weak minded, it appears you succeed. But some of us can see through the load of bullshit you shovel.

    You call them insults, I call them the bare truth. You are a liar. You are nothing but a propaganda shill for the CCP.

    • Troll: Voltara
  20. @A123

    Why do comics need to make money? They’re propaganda outlets.

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  21. @Trinity

    Having a class about it seems a bit pointless, I agree. All white superheroes are racist. End of story. All white comic artists and writers are racist, end of story. All white superhero books and the work of white artists should be destroyed. That money could easily be going into legal funds to sue white writers for racism.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  22. Trinity says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Most comic book writers and artists are Jews or racist non Whites. Lolol.

    Most Jews and Most non Whites are racist whether they write about or draw fantasies in tights has little bearing on the racist Heeb and his racist pets.

    Only a Jew would have characters wearing their underwear on the outside.

    Cue : Dress You Up by Madonna

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  23. @Trinity

    I see plenty of whites wearing underwear outside. It’s called drag. That’s whitey’s national sport now.

  24. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Supply and Demand

    It fails as propaganda if it becomes clear that nobody is reading them. Backfires, even.

    They need to ride the [unreadable] line, and money is one way to measure whether they’re sitting on the correct side.

    • Replies: @Supply and Demand
  25. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Chris Mallory

    Gilgamesh was a king and his story can be read as a friendship revitalizing his kingdom.

    Achilles’ tale is very explicitly a story about the struggle to behave honourably.

    Heroes, yes. Superhuman, sure, let’s go with that. Superheroes? Not even remotely like anything that would show up in an American comic.

    Where’s the comic about Beowulf? It’s not missing by some sort of accident or oversight.

    • Replies: @A123
  26. A123 says: • Website

    Where’s the comic about Beowulf? It’s not missing by some sort of accident or oversight.

    The one from the 1970’s?



    Or, do you meant the one from 2007?

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Alrenous
  27. @Alrenous

    Something tells me you created that metric out of your ass, or have no real understanding of how power functions. Propaganda’s purpose is to just be there –in pure saturation — at the exclusion of all else.

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  28. Trinity says:

    IF I am not mistaken, back in the day when a Batman movie came out, NYT was claiming “The Penguin” character was “antisemitic.” Lolol. It is spot on but officially “The Penguin” is not a Jew. Come on, who are they kidding. I’ve even read where people called out the novels, “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” for being antisemitic. Boo. Happy Halloween.

  29. p38ace says:

    It is time to bring back the Haunted tank. SRG Rock, also.

  30. Alrenous says: • Website
    @Supply and Demand

    Your response was very revealing, I appreciate it.

  31. Alrenous says: • Website

    While certainly that has a similar sequence of letters on the cover, I’m talking about the character.

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  32. A123 says: • Website

    The 2007 Graphic Novel is supposed to be well attached the original character of legend.

    PEACE 😇

  33. Smith says:

    American comics are propaganda, always have been.

    Stick to japanese manga/anime.

  34. @Trinity

    Are there transgender superheroes???

    Yes. The superhero genre is probably one of the genres pushing out among the most woke content of all.

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