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Josh, Ron, and Conor look at the age old tradition of the superhero origin story. The nature of the origin has changed over the years, going from magic based stories, to scientific accidents gone wrong, to just calling a character a mutant and getting on with it. But how a hero gets their powers, and why they decided to don the tights is the key to an excellent superhero. We're talking about the best, the worst, and the silliest origin stories in comics.
Origin Stories Over Time
There was a time when a comic book could just be downright silly. There was another time, when the origins evoked the fears of a changing world, and there are other origins that should never have been told in the first place. We talk about origin stories through the ages, from Flash, to Hulk, to Punisher, and what that says about the types of comics being produced at that time. We also take a quick look at which of these are the least bit plausible.
Types of Origin Stories
Conor details the 4- NO, 5 types of superhero origins, like the science accident (The Flash or Hulk), or self made men (Batman or Iron Man), and more. We also explore how some origins never needed to be told, and how certain characters, like Wolverine were better off with a little bit of mystery in their past. We can't fit the Sentry into any of this.
We dig in and talk about the origins of our favorite characters. Ron talks about the poorly run airline run by Cyclops' parents. Conor says Batman was Batman before he ever suited up. Josh tells the ridiculous story of Hawkeye's origin. He was just kind of jealous.
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