The Secret Life of Super Heroes
January 19, 2013 1:20 PM   Subscribe

The everyday life of comic book legends: grabbing a bite, scratching an itch and getting it on (NSFW). See also: Paper Heroes. Artist: Greg Guillemin.
posted by DarlingBri (33 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Those are ... great.
posted by chavenet at 1:22 PM on January 19, 2013


Why is Spider-Man's toilet paper pink?
posted by brainkim at 1:29 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I actually thought they were mostly pretty meh.

I did like the Spider-Man eating a burger piece.
posted by oddman at 1:33 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I like the aesthetic, but I thought the ideas were all pretty lazy, and most (I realize this isn't the point) don't make any sense. Batman for sure doesn't have sex in the suit. Why brush your teeth in costume?
posted by cmoj at 1:41 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


brainkim: "Why is Spider-Man's toilet paper pink?"

Aunt May does the shopping, and being on the NYC sewer system, doesn't have to worry about the impact of dyed TP on a septic tank?
posted by radwolf76 at 1:47 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I warned you I was faster than a speeding bullet...
posted by Segundus at 1:48 PM on January 19, 2013


Batman for sure doesn't have sex in the suit.

Sure about that?
posted by delfin at 1:52 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I mostly agree with cmoj (though also not so sure batman would doff the suit to schtup): i like the aesthetic, but wanted something a little sharper or smarter.
posted by lodurr at 2:11 PM on January 19, 2013


zWhy brush your teeth in costume?

I could see Spidey running late and forgetting to do these things in the proper order.
posted by asperity at 2:11 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


spiderman yawning was the best one, maybe bc it actually was the most mundane and real of the bunch. the other activities were sorta trying too hard.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 2:44 PM on January 19, 2013


Watch out. Superman could pick his nose and throw those boogers of steel at you at hypersonic speeds.
posted by DarkForest at 2:51 PM on January 19, 2013


It's sort of funny when people think the idea of superheroes having sex is scandalous or provocative when it's been going on in the comics for years.
posted by wayland at 3:05 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Spider-Man is apparently cheating on Mary Jane with someone more reasonably proportioned.

Wait, where in continuity is this?
posted by Peevish at 3:19 PM on January 19, 2013


Isn't Robin like 12 years old?
posted by Brocktoon at 3:22 PM on January 19, 2013


I'm not really sold on the "secret life" series, but I like the "paper heroes" quite a bit. I liked the buildings made out of print, but they bey should have been newspaper stories on crime, I think. Still, fun.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:27 PM on January 19, 2013


I like the idea.
posted by TwelveTwo at 3:44 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


The current Robin is just about 12, yup. He's also Batman's son. The three previous Robins were all teenagers (and late teen years, possibly 20-somethings, in the case of Robin 3 and 4). The first Robin probably started at around 12-14, I think.

I didn't include Robins from future timelines.
posted by oddman at 3:50 PM on January 19, 2013 [4 favorites]


I enjoyed that. Thanks for posting.
posted by Too-Ticky at 4:16 PM on January 19, 2013


Batman for sure doesn't have sex in the suit.

He's a billionaire that dresses up like a bat and runs around at night, fighting crime. Having sex in the suit would be several steps towards normal.

Why brush your teeth in costume?

Just because you have superpowers doesn't mean you shouldn't brush your teeth after a meal.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:00 PM on January 19, 2013 [6 favorites]


He's a billionaire that dresses up like a bat and runs around at night, fighting crime. Having sex in the suit would be several steps towards normal.

There are those who've thought about that.
posted by delfin at 5:08 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Cat Woman bathing is kinda funny. And childish.
posted by etc. at 5:16 PM on January 19, 2013


I think the one that worked best for me was Superman picking his nose--it was the one that seemed to be the clearest juxtaposition of heroic and mundane, and for whatever reason, you don't see that as often with Supes (exception)

But comics writers LOVE to do this with Spider-man (I guess since he is already pretty high up on the awkward/vulnerable scale.) And several seem to be interested in resolving the Batman-sex conundrum. (Examples of both)
posted by kagredon at 5:28 PM on January 19, 2013


The Human Torch tries to get AT&T to upgrade his cell phone plan.

Storm drives Rogue to the airport.

Thor totally rips one.
posted by furiousthought at 5:41 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hey, be easy on the guy. We all remember when we first read Chapter VII of Watchmen, right?
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:44 PM on January 19, 2013


Oh boy, disembodied comic book tittays. Because it's so outré to consider objectification of women in the context of comic books. Meh.
posted by trunk muffins at 6:05 PM on January 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


The one of Batman brushing his teeth and looking worried into the mirror made me LOL.
posted by sneebler at 6:42 PM on January 19, 2013


Thor totally rips one.

The god of THUNDER!
posted by MrVisible at 6:47 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spiderman seems to get a lot of play. I guess it's all that spandex.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:59 PM on January 19, 2013


Ben Edlund got there first and better with The Tick. I hope there's at least one panel with somebody tugging their tights away from their crotch, because you know those costumes would be riding up all the time.
posted by BrotherCaine at 9:06 PM on January 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wonder Woman never stops telling people about this "sriracha" she just tried last week.

Cyclops can't find his keys.
posted by furiousthought at 12:59 AM on January 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh boy, disembodied comic book tittays. Because it's so outré to consider objectification of women in the context of comic books. Meh.

Why did you even open this thread if you don't like comic books?
posted by misha at 3:25 AM on January 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


Why did you even open this thread if you don't like comic books?

Hi misha! Actually I do like comic books! I once worked at a comic book store, even! Which is why I thought this artistic exercise was kind of lazy and uninspired!
posted by trunk muffins at 8:23 AM on January 20, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oh, okay, so it was the objectification, not the comic format. Sorry, I misunderstood what you meant.

Lot of breasts on that page, I agree. Made me feel like maybe the artist finally mastered his breast-sketching technique, and went on a MUST PUT NIPPLES EVERYWHERE spree.
posted by misha at 2:59 PM on January 20, 2013


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