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  • The Superhero’s Antecedent Genres, Or, the popular superhuman hero before the superhero became a genre
  • SUPER CROOKS & SUPER SLEUTHS
  • MOVIE SERIAL HEROES of the silent & early sound era
  • CRIME PULPS
  • MASKED VIGILANTES in penny dreadfuls, dime novels, pulps & film
  • OTHER HERO PULPS
  • SCIENCE FICTION & WEIRD FANTASY, as popularized and codified by the pulps
  • NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS, especially continuity strips
  • Roy Crane is a major inspiration for Joe Shuster’s work on Superman.