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Monday, January 17, 2005

Who wants to be a millionaire ?

Yesterday my friend Thomas and myself had a geekfest while using Messenger. We started talking and discussing the Super Hero and his secret ID and came to the conclusion that half of them seem to be millionaires, playboys or preferably both...we started getting in touch with our inner nerd and this is what we came up with..


* Batman...................................* Green Hornet
* Moonknight.............................* Captain Britain
* Green Arrow............................* Nighthawk
* Dominic Fortune.......................* Black Knight
* Iron Man................................* Phantom Lady
* Angel

And this in a few minutes....I'm still not sure if this typecasting is a result of a lack of creativity (or just plain laziness) by most creators or because the creators figured this would be a convenient way of not having to explain why their hero didn't need to go out to work everyday AND had money to buy all those crime-stopping devices.

According to Stan Lee, the playboy started becoming popular because this was the lifestyle most creators dreamed about, hunched over their drawing desks in smoke filled rooms, and thought that their readers would yearn for this as well.

All good and well, but I'll leave you with this, Spider-man probably the most popular character of the last 20-30 years is truly defined by his roots, more even than getting bitten by that radioactive spider. We all love the Silver Age Peter Parker, because he is us, struggling to pay the rent on time and nervous and insecure around women, the everyman.

Oh and if you know some more, don't be afraid to leave a little comment...

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are quite a few more indeed.

-Steve Dayton AKA Mento (Doom Patrol)

-Lots of Golden Age DC characters : Mr Terrific, Sandman (pre-SMT Wesley Dodds), Crimson Avenger, Firebrand, The Whip, Mr America and probably a few others.

-The Golden Age Angel at Marvel

On the whole, most Millionaire Playboy characters are from the Golden Age or inspired by the Golden Age or Pulps.

Thomas

4:01 AM  
Blogger B2 said...

In order to be able to pick up and go fight crime on a moment's notice, you'd either need no secret identity (think Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards) or no job (hence the playboy lifestyle) or some slacker job (like comic book store proprieter).

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Richard was your only "friend"?

4:01 PM  
Blogger chromium said...

Richard is my only "adult" friend. I also know this guy in Canada, but his mother only lets him use the PC for 20 minutes a day...

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been bumped up to 5 hours due to good behaviour.

BTW...I'm amazed that you have so many registered users.

What do you give them as perks?

6:22 PM  
Blogger chromium said...

Amazing isn't it.... we all have an understanding, they post on my Blog, I vacuum their carpets...

5:49 PM  
Blogger Boomvavavoom said...

hi

The adult friend here :p

Or is someone else meant by that??

Anyway...

just got my sitename!! www.boomvavavoom.com so I am happy :p


Richard Boom

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don;t worry richard - greggy blows young goats

8:01 AM  
Blogger Boomvavavoom said...

did I sound jaulous?? I am not :p

11:04 AM  
Blogger chromium said...

I'm jealous.....I want to be a millionaire...
A Euro one of course, being a dollar millionaire isn't what it used to be :O

1:42 PM  
Blogger Boomvavavoom said...

LOL

By the way...did you realize that all the merchandise here in Holland are still the same prize whereas the importcosts have lowered almost 20% !!!!!!????

10:13 AM  

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