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Superhero fiction is a genre of fiction featuring characters "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest". It examines the adventures of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.

Under the umbrella of speculative fiction, superhero fiction can be combined into hybrid genres by introducing elements from other forms of fiction, such as science, horror, fantasy, alternate history, supernatural, adventure, western, romance, and crime fiction. This is accomplished by situating superhero narrative elements within the context of a wider, genre themed setting.

The superhero genre has launched the careers of many successful writers and artists, who have in turn influenced the development of the genre through their contributions. Many other artists, such as actors and musicians, have also had their own work influenced by stories of superheroes.

Since the 1938 debut of Superman, stories of superheroes—ranging from brief, standalone adventures, to serials written over several years—have dominated American comic books. In the decades that have followed, it has crossed international and social boundaries, influencing and interacting with other cultures, and has been translated from superhero comics into other forms of media, including film, animation, television, and video games.

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Society is rotten. It will only be changed when the people see the greed, arrogance and brutality of those who rule them!

Anarky dialogue by Alan Grant,
"Anarky", The Batman Adventures No. 31, April 1995.
Anarky is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. Co-created by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle, he first appeared in Detective Comics #608 (November 1989) as an adversary of Batman. Lonnie Machin is introduced as a child prodigy with knowledge of social and political philosophy who, witnessing social injustice, becomes Anarky to improve society through the overthrow of all government. Named after the philosophy of anarchism, the primary philosophical element that has underscored the character's appearances has been anti-statism. Highly thematic and philosophical in tone, multiple social issues have been addressed in stories featuring the character, including environmentalism, antimilitarism, economic exploitation, and political corruption. Inspired by multiple sources, early stories to feature the character often included homages to political and philosophical books. (read more...)

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Democracy is a series of stories published in the Judge Dredd comic strip in 2000 AD, each connected by the theme of social and political philosophy, exploring democracy in the fictional future city of Mega-City One. The issue of Democracy has been a significant recurring theme in the comic strip. In particular, a number of stories published since 1986 have addressed the issue of the Judges' dictatorial system of government, and efforts by the citizens to re-establish democracy. Besides being a notable story arc in itself, the "Democracy" stories also had wider repercussions which led directly to the events depicted in the story "Necropolis".

The stories include "America," which is regularly voted by fans in polls as the best Dredd story ever written, and is Dredd creator John Wagner's favourite Judge Dredd story. Editor David Bishop called it "the best Judge Dredd story ever written." The first Democracy story, "Letter From a Democrat," is co-writer Alan Grant's favourite Dredd story.

All of the stories in the "Democracy" arc were written by Wagner or under his direction. (read more...)

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The history of the Fantastic Four in films consists of a film series consisting of two superhero films based on the fictional Marvel Comics team Fantastic Four. The series includes Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), both released by 20th Century Fox. Constantin Film controlled the rights for the characters in the mid-1980s, and while a low-budget film was produced in 1992 so Constantin could retain the license, the first installment of the series only entered production in 2004. The Fantastic Four films received mixed reviews by critics, but earned over $600 million at the worldwide box office.

The films are based around four main characters, known formally as Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm, and how they adapt to the superpowers they attain. In addition to these four, Dr. Victor von Doom, who is also affected, shows the dark route that the misuse of the powers can do. (read more...)

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Steve Ross Purcell

Steve Ross Purcell is an American cartoonist, animator and game designer. He is most widely known as the creator of Sam & Max, an independent comic book series about a pair of anthropomorphic animal vigilantes and private investigators, for which Purcell received an Eisner Award in 2007. He performed freelance work for Marvel Comics and Fishwrap Productions before publishing his first Sam & Max comic in 1987.

Purcell's work in superhero fiction came primarily from his freelance work for various comic book companies, for which he was hired for such work as New Mutants, Hellboy Christmas Special, Alpha Flight, Marvel Comics Presents, Secret Files and Origins, and Defenders of Dynatron City. (read more...)

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