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New Statesman: Capitalist Heroes

An issue that had been weighing heavily on my mind, that of the constant tension between our superheroes who seek to represent all that is good in the world, while generating profit for large corporations as their creators often retire into poverty.

"Superman, defender of truth, justice and the American way is an icon not only of hope, but of despair and shattered dreams. Our superheroes, built to help the helpless and downtrodden and bring joy to our world became tools of their corporate owners whose only interest lies in helping themselves. While our heroes can transcend their shackles and still bring us pinpoints of timely optimism, not to mention a great deal of entertainment and joy, their dark shadow of forgotten and poverty-ridden creators weighs upon them greatly."

Read the full article at the New Statesman.

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