Antecedents of superheroes

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Antecedents of superheroes

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

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