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Don’t call that variant “Alligator Loki”. Call it…

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Happy Independence Day, superhero-style!

Although the concept of the superhero is as old as the Epic of Gilgamesh, superheroes as we know them today are a product of American history. DC’s Superman and Wonder Woman fought in World War II, as did Marvel’s Captain America, Bucky, the original Human Torch, and Namor, a.k.a. the Sub-Mariner.

(Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Namor just yet. Once upon a time, most people outside the world of comic book fandom would never have recognized the characters from Avengers: Endgame. I’m still blown away by the fact that Groot and Rocket Raccoon are pretty much household names these days.)

I think that superheroes represent the best of American ideals, and that one of the best representations of superheroes is this little essay that’s been around the internet for a number of years. I’m posting it here as my way of celebrating Independence Day. Enjoy!


A common leftist critique of superhero comics is that they are inherently anti-collectivist, being about small groups of individuals who hold all the power, and the wisdom to wield that power.

A common leftist critique of superhero comics is that they are inherently anti-collectivist, being about small groups of individuals who hold all the power, and the wisdom to wield that power.

I don’t disagree with this reading. I don’t think it’s inaccurate. Superheroes are their own ruling class, the concept of the übermensch writ large.

But it’s a sterile reading. It examines superhero comics as a cold text, and ignores something that I believe in fundamental, especially to superhero storytelling: the way people engage with text. Not what it says, but how it is read.

The average comic reader doesn’t fantasize about being a civilian in a world of superheroes, they fantasize about being a superhero. One could charitably chalk this up to a lust for power, except for one fact…

The fantasy is almost always the act of helping people. Helping the vulnerable, with no reward promised in return.

Being a century into the genre, we’ve seen countless subversions and deconstructions of the story.

But at its core, the superhero myth is about using the gifts you’ve been given to enrich the people around you, never asking for payment, never advancing an ulterior motive.

We should (and do) spend time nitpicking these fantasies, examining their unintended consequences, their hypocrisies.

But it’s worth acknowledging that the most eduring childhood fantasy of the last hundred years hasn’t been to become rich. Superheroes come from every class (don’t let the MCU fool you).

The most enduring fantasy is to become powerful enough to take the weak under your own wing. To give, without needing to take.

So yes, the superhero myth, as a text, isn’t collectivist. But that’s not why we keep coming back to it.

That’s not why children read it.

We keep coming back to it to learn one simple lesson…

The best thing we can do with power IS GIVE IT AWAY.

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This is just to say: This is my favorite version of the “Anakin/Padme” meme

In case you forgot the poem on which this gag is based, here it is — William Carlos Williams’ This is Just to Say:

This is Just to Say

I have eaten

the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
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Cryptocurrency rap video of the day

If you watch only one cryptocurrency rap video, make it this one: Dog Money!

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funny Geek The Current Situation

My favorite tweet about Elon Musk’s upcoming appearance on “Saturday Night Live”

Tweet by @ParikPatelCFA. Tap to see the source.

Pictured clockwise from bottom: Pocket Doge, Flax the Style Destroyer, Gamora Montana, and Edge-Lord.

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THIS IS THE MAY.

Picture of Din Djarin (“The Mandalorian”) with the struck-out headings “May the 4th” and “Revenge of the 5th”, and below them, the final heading: “THIS IS THE MAY”
Thanks to Jeannie Cool for the find! Tap to view at full size.

While the expressions “May the Fourth be with you” and “Revenge of the Fifth” are quite good, nothing quite captures the badassery (and a whole month) like the expression “THIS IS THE MAY.”