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Antecedents of superheroes

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