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Quote of the Day | ‘I was a martyr to superherogenesis’

china mieville“Once, many years ago, as a very young child, I was delighted to discover a pile of comics in an attic. They featured a blond, orange-shirted superhero who could speak to fish. ‘Ah,’ I thought, settling down to read. ‘This must be this “Superman” of whom I’ve heard so much.’ I was intrigued that so many of his adventures were maritime.

As the years passed, I got a bit more systematic, but I never lost the excitement at the sheer chaotic variety of costumes, monikers and powers I might find fighting for justice, every time I opened a comic. It was always a surprise. This addiction to the proliferation of the superheroic is something many of us never grow out of.

In fact, inventing superheroes is one of the basic games of childhood. Tie a towel around your neck and come up with a powerset, all the abilities you think you’ll need. Justify that hot mess as coherent by some ingenious, tendentious argument. Finally, give your wonder a name. (Electrical blast and tiger stripes? Electrotiger!) This is what we do. Like countless kids around the world, I was a martyr to superherogenesis.”

– acclaimed author China Mieville, discussing Dial H and his early exposure to DC Comics canon

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One of those quotes that rings so true that a wide grin emerged as I read it, and is still on my face now.

I now want China Mieville to write Shazam.

What Guy said, 1,000 times what guy said! Wish they had put him on Swamp Thing after Snyder’s run.

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