a person who uses their superpowers to fight crime
Re ‘Zarnak’; the strip started off very well, but I must agree with others that it is rapidly degenerating into the juvenile antics of a musclebound superhero. This latter sort of stuff may be all right in the Sunday comics but it is decidedly out of place in a respectable science fiction magazine.
These are world-flinging space-operas similar to those that Edmond Hamilton was writing at the same time, with dastardly villains, spotless heroines (who stay that way even when stranded with the hero for months on one of Jupiter’s moons) and super-heroes who get out of tight predicaments by single-handedly inventing super-ray projectors to melt their enemies' planets.
Featuring ‘The Legion of Super-Heroes’.
You would be the greatest super-hero of us all!
Saddened and hurt, he departs from the planet earth, and encounters an even worse fate when…he becomes…prisoner of the super-heroes.
You could probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of superheroes who have been killed in the comics.
There are also a number of games out now about superheroes, in which players take on the personas of various costumed do-gooders of comic-book fame.
Dollman, inspired by the old comic book superhero.
Even a self-appointed superhero with clairvoyant powers might just spend a day…doing nothing more dangerous than eating Szechuan Chinese with the chef’s hottest mustard.
Superheroes, fantasy characters with superhuman powers visually marked out from the rest of humanity with their fantastical apparel.
The moment you allow the superheroes the kind of freedom of association that they take for granted in a mainstream comics universe, all hell pops loose.
That makes it very different because he’s not going to do the kind of things that you'll expect from a super-creature. Superheroes have these unique abilities, the ability to do something that humans cannot do.
Superheroes got to view the world differently because their lives were so crazy; they could be anyone and they could dive into danger when it was at its worst and win. Superheroes survived. Nnamdi would have loved to have a conversation about all this with even Auntie Grace but instead she kept talking.
Norman F Stanley, letter
(There are no cites in the OED explicitly with the sf sense.)
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