In my pop-sci writing, mainly here, at Psychology Today, and in the books Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, I use superheroes as foils for communicating science.
Rocket Racoon is a stand out character in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's rebooted comic series, which was adapted into a movie that came out August 1.
"Mutants became objects of fear and hatred." — Kitty Pryde narrating in the story "Days of Future Past" found in The Uncanny X-Men #141 in January 1980 "In her DNA they found the key to her mutant power." — Professor X musing about how Mystique was used to derive special powers for the Sentinel army [...]
"Get your mechanized mitts in the air!" — Spider-Man to Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014 Sony Pictures) Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and appearing initially in a story by Lee with art by Jack Kirby in Amazing Fantasy #15 in August of 1962, Spider-Man has been a hugely popular and ever [...]
"Put him back on ice..." -- Evil Hydra scientist Arnim Zola speaking about Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier There's a great convergence of activities occurring right now.
The fictional Iron Man exoskeleton debuted in Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963 and was conceived, designed, created, and piloted by “world’s greatest engineer” Tony Stark.
“[Wolverine’s] mutation…He has uncharted regenerative capabilities, enabling him to heal rapidly…” Dr. Jean Grey to Cyclops and Professor Charles Xavier in the Marvel movie “X-Men” (2000) Wolverine was created, designed, and drawn by Len Wein, John Romita Sr., and Herb Trimpe and had his full comic book debut in “The Incredible Hulk” #181 in November [...]
“[Wolverine’s] mutation…He has uncharted regenerative capabilities, enabling him to heal rapidly…” Dr. Jean Grey to Cyclops and Professor Charles Xavier in the Marvel movie “X-Men” (2000) Wolverine was created, designed, and drawn by Len Wein, John Romita Sr., and Herb Trimpe and had his full comic book debut in “The Incredible Hulk” #181 in November of 1974.
As an infant, the Man Of Steel escaped Krypton’s red sun in a rocket lovingly prepared for him by his parents. Kal-L (but more commonly known as Kal-El) arrived under our yellow sun in Smallville to eventually become Clark Kent.
“Undergoing the Extremis Procedure remade my body from the inside out. Long story short, my body was turned into a kind of computer designed to interface with the Iron Man.
Iron Man s Top 10 Heavy Metal Moments Reflections on the First 50 Years of Scientific R&D from Stark Industries
Figure 1: Real life swimmable exoskeleton from the inventive mind of Phil Nuytten (A,B) and Iron Man (C) in a design from the creative mind of Tony Stark (copyright Marvel Comics).
“Years of rigorous athletic training have enabled the Batman not only to resist but to recover from the brutal beating that would have mortally injured most men!” Comment in “Professor Strange’s fear dust” from Detective Comics #46, December 1940 “Wayne swaps the brace to his bad knee.
When I first started reading comic books there were many superheroes that interested me. Naturally the list included Batman, Iron Man, Daredevil, Captain America, Thor, Nova, the Flash, the Black Panther, the Phantom, and lots more.What I enjoyed best of all were team ups where you got more heroes per page.
[In 2008, JR Minkel interviewed me about my first book “ Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero ” and produced the scientificamerican.c