ULTIMATE EVIL: CULTURAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE BIRTH OF THE SUPERVILLAIN


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Do Supervillains say something about the current state of our society?

Some striking commonalities appear across our two early heroes’ comics. First, physical “flaws” are a critical feature. These deformities are regularly referenced, whether disability, scarring, or just a ghastly smile. Second, virtually all of these villains are genius-level intellects who use science to pursue selfish goals. And finally, among the villains, superpowers are at best a secondary feature, suggesting a close tie between physical health, desirability, and moral superiority. Danto’s aesthetic categories of “disgusting” and “offensive” certainly ring true here.

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Albert Hawks, Jr. — JHI Blog

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