Superhero fiction

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Superhero fiction is a genre of speculative fiction examining the adventures, personalities and ethics of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.wikipedia
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Superhero fiction is a genre of speculative fiction examining the adventures, personalities and ethics of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.
This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction as well as combinations thereof (e.g. science fantasy).

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Superhero fiction is a genre of speculative fiction examining the adventures, personalities and ethics of costumed crime fighters known as superheroes, who often possess superhuman powers and battle similarly powered criminals known as supervillains.
Superhero fiction is the genre of fiction that is centered on such characters, especially in American comic book and films since the 1930s.

DC Comics

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"SUPER HEROES" is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

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The most direct antecedents are pulp magazine crime fighters such as the masked and caped Zorro (introduced by Johnston M. McCulley in 1919 with The Curse of Capistrano) with his trademark "Z," the preternaturally mesmeric The Shadow (1930), the "peak human" Doc Savage (1933), and The Spider (1933), and comic strip characters such as Hugo Hercules, Popeye, and the Phantom.
Despite its short run it's seen as the earliest superhero fiction comic.

Justice League

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In 1960, DC banded its most popular heroes together in the Justice League of America, which became a sales phenomenon.

Wonder Woman (TV series)

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This led to direct adaptations of comic-book superheroes such as ABC/CBS drama series Wonder Woman of the 1970s starring Lynda Carter.
Wonder Woman, known for seasons 2 and 3 as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, is an American action superhero television series based on the DC Comics comic book superhero of the same name.

Smallville

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In 2001, Smallville retooled Superman's origin as a teen drama.
Smallville is an American superhero television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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Other shows targeting teenage and young adult audiences that decade included Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Arrow (TV series)

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In the 2010s, Warner Brothers created a successful adaptation of the Green Arrow, Arrow, that began the successful Arrowverse television franchise.
Arrow is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with other Arrowverse television series.

The Flash (2014 TV series)

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Arrowverse series include The Flash (2014 TV series), Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Constantine.
The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW.

Supergirl (TV series)

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Arrowverse series include The Flash (2014 TV series), Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Constantine.
Supergirl is an American superhero television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg that originally aired on CBS and premiered on October 26, 2015.

Legends of Tomorrow

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Arrowverse series include The Flash (2014 TV series), Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Constantine.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow, or simply Legends of Tomorrow, is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Phil Klemmer, who are also executive producers along with Sarah Schechter and Chris Fedak; Klemmer and Fedak serve as showrunners.

The Greatest American Hero

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Other series include- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Phantom Captain Nice, Mr. Terrific, The Green Hornet, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, The Greatest American Hero, Dark Angel, No Ordinary Family and Alias.
The Greatest American Hero is an American comedy-drama superhero television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC.

Batman: The Animated Series

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The following decade, Batman: The Animated Series, which was aimed at somewhat older audiences, found critical success in mainstream publications.
Batman: The Animated Series is an American superhero animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

Teen Titans (TV series)

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This series lead to the successful DC Animated Universe franchise and other adaptation such as Teen Titans Marvel emulated X-Men and Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
Teen Titans is an American animated superhero television series developed by Glen Murakami and Sam Register, based on DC Comics's superhero team of the same name.

Marvel Comics

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"SUPER HEROES" is a trademark co-owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Empowered by the return of the superhero at DC, Marvel Comics editor/writer Stan Lee and the artists/co-writers Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bill Everett launched a new line of superhero comic books, beginning with The Fantastic Four in 1961 and continuing with the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and Daredevil.

Fantasy

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As such to fulfill this strenuous creative requirement, superhero stories have used a wide variety of story genres such as Fantasy, Science fiction, Mystery, Horror, Crime fiction etc. that put superhero characters in a vast variety and combinations of story settings and fiction tropes with their presence the major common element.

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Outside the American comics industry, superpowered, costumed superheroes, such as Ōgon Bat (1931) and the Prince of Gamma (1930s), were visualized in painted panels used by kamishibai oral storytellers in Japan.

Soon I Will Be Invincible

Novels with original superhuman stories include Robert Mayer's Superfolks (St. Martin's Griffin, March 9, 2005); James Maxey's Nobody Gets the Girl (Phobos Books, 2003); Rob Rogers's Devil's Cape (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries imprint, 2008); Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible (Pantheon Books, 2007); Lavie Tidhar's The Violent Century (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013), David J. Schwartz's Superpowers: A Novel (Three Rivers Press, 2008); Matthew Cody's Powerless (Knopf, 2009); and Van Allen Plexico's Sentinels series of superhero novels (Swarm/Permuted Press, beginning in 2008).
The book uses characters, settings, and storylines generally associated with comic books and superhero fiction, but is written entirely in prose.

Worm (web serial)

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The web serial, Worm began publication in 2011 and completed in 2013 while its sequel, Ward began in November 2019 and is still ongoing.
Worm is a self-published web serial by John C. "Wildbow" McCrae that aims to subvert and play with common tropes and themes of superhero fiction.

One-Punch Man

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Additionally, Moonlight Mask, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai (the basis for Power Rangers), Metal Hero Series and Kikaider have become popular in Japanese tokusatsu live-action shows, and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Dragon Ball, Casshern, Devilman, The Guyver, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia and Sailor Moon are popular series of Japanese anime and manga.
One-Punch Man is a Japanese superhero webcomic created by the artist One in early 2009.

My Hero Academia

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Additionally, Moonlight Mask, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai (the basis for Power Rangers), Metal Hero Series and Kikaider have become popular in Japanese tokusatsu live-action shows, and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Dragon Ball, Casshern, Devilman, The Guyver, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia and Sailor Moon are popular series of Japanese anime and manga.
My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi.

Thor (Marvel Comics)

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Empowered by the return of the superhero at DC, Marvel Comics editor/writer Stan Lee and the artists/co-writers Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Bill Everett launched a new line of superhero comic books, beginning with The Fantastic Four in 1961 and continuing with the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and Daredevil.

Image Comics

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In 1992, Marvel illustrators Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld—all of whom helped popularize anti-heroes in the Spider-Man and X-Men franchises—left Marvel to form Image Comics.

The Bionic Woman

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In the 1970s however, the genre would find a newfound credibility in the medium with the original series, The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, being sustained successes.