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Superhero Genre Enforcement Authority

Genre Enforcement Authority for Superheroes/Villains
 
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If you've seen it once, you've seen it a thousand times: some bizarre twist of fate or cosmic accident hurtles an idealistic, Silver-age superhero into a grim, dystopian, urban nightmare where morally-gray thugs with super powers struggle for their very survival. Or conversely, a necromancer from a horror comic invades a more standard superhero comic, forcing that villain's nemesis to team up with colorfully-costumed crimefighters to stop the foul sorceror's schemes. Sure, it's fun to think of ways to tweak (or even seriously bend) traditional genres in order to explore the implications of their inherent assumptions, or to look at them in a new light. But after it's all over with, what are we really left with? Either a "fish out of water" episode (complete with painful-to-behold culture shock) that doesn't quite fit in with the regular continuity, or a one-shot "elseworlds" type story. Either way, both genres involved end up looking silly (at best). In response to this, I propose the formation of an agency to enforce genre differentiation. This agency would ideally have the power to reject cliched crossovers and ill-advised guest appearances outright. I belive that this agency would be a great benefit to the comics medium as a whole. Because really, do we need another pulp-action adventurer teamed up with a mallet-wielding anthropomorphic iguana to stop the resurreciton of the dreaded elder god DIjljkdjd'rrahfskoll? I think not.
Pharaoh Mobius, Nov 22 2002

Quite good, I think http://www.mcsweene.../09/24superman.html
On the editorial enforcement of superhero guidelines [snarfyguy, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I'm going to give you a croissant just on the basis of this idea being really, really weird. Good form, your honor.
absterge, Nov 22 2002
  

       Well, of course you like the iguana! Smashy captures the very zeitgeist of modern funnybooks! I'm just saying that he loses something when he's put up against slithering Lovecraftian horrors. Surely you see what I mean.
Pharaoh Mobius, Nov 22 2002
  

       Crab Boy vs. mallet-wielding anthropomorphic iguana
thumbwax, Nov 22 2002
  

       Originally read this as "Superhero Gender Enforcement Authority" which was odd as I didn't know that was a problem.
phoenix, Nov 22 2002
  

       [Rods Tiger] "So you're saying that some superheroes suffer from genre confusion?" Certainly not all the time. I'm just taking issue when say, one of DC's Vertigo characters interacts with say, Superman. That's what the SGEA would work against.
Pharaoh Mobius, Nov 22 2002
  
      
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