superman

Why Do Bands Only Seem to Write Sad Songs About Superman?

“Truth, justice and the American way!”  That’s Superman’s whole deal, right? He’s supposed to be a bright, sunny and most of all hopeful character. Yet…

Battle of the Bulge: Why We’re So Fascinated by Superhero Codpieces

There’s a YouTube video from 2014 simply titled “Batman Suit-up Compilation.” As that description suggests, the 106-second clip, which has received approximately 1.86 million views,…

A Heroic History of Dudes Wearing Their Underpants Over Their Trousers

“Batman’s pants were the problem,” read the first line of my contribution to a 1998 creative-writing assignment in which we were told to tell a…