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A Look At The Evolution Of The Superhero

Some people are fascinated by superheroes; they are what we wish we could be. Heroes uphold the morals and virtues of mankind and can reflect the ideas of the time. But where did the concept of the superhero come from, and why have superheros made an impact on us today?

Tuesday, May 10 at 11 p.m. GPB will be showing a three part series called
Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle
Part 1 of this series, Truth, Justice And The American Way, introduces the humble beginnings of the superhero comic and its relevance during the Depression and WWI, a time where American-born heros were in high demand.

Wednesday, May 11 at 11 p.m. will be parts 2 and 3. Part 2, Great Power, Great Responsibility, spans from 1959-1977 and talks about the heroes that were inspired by the age of atomic energy and the race to the moon. At this time, our heroes are now presented with relatable real-world problems such as relationships. We also see more diversity in this era of comics with heroes like the Black Panther, Luke Cage and the Green Lantern.

Part 3, A Hero Can Be Anyone, from 1978 to present day, we look at how superheros have moved forward from the comic to mainstream media. Movies, video games, and even the web have made our heroes more accessible than before. One can only imagine the next venture for superheros.