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Comics History Part 1 • The Golden Age – WWII

When discussing superheroes and the decisions they make, a favorite topic among fans is the origins of these characters and how they have evolved through different writers and mediums. Today, we kick off a special series where Matthew is joined by superhero history expert Jess Plummer. Together, we will trace the history and development of these caped crusaders. Expect new episodes about once a month.

In our inaugural episode, we’re traveling back to the dawn of the golden age, from Superman’s first appearance to the end of World War II. We’ll delve into the Jewish origins of Superman, the gender theories of Wonder Woman’s creator, the nature of heroism, and the recurring theme of superheroes enthusiastically punching Nazis.

Jessica Plummer, based in New York, adores Superman to the max. You can hear just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights. She also pens articles about comics and literature at Connect with her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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