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    July 23, 2014   BY Justin Scuiletti and Joshua Barajas 

    When the “Bat-Man” first appeared, he did so from the shadows, clad in a vampiric cowl with slits for eyes, long, sharp ears and a cape with bat-like wings. That was in 1939, in the pages of Detective Comics No. 27. Six months later, when Batman’s creators realized they had a hit on their hands, they revealed his traumatic childhood. As a boy, Bruce Wayne watched a criminal gun down his parents in a street robbery. Alone and orphaned with tears streaming down his pink face, he resolved to spend his life fighting violent crime. “Criminals are a cowardly and superstitious lot,” he famously declared, as he vowed to “strike terror in their hearts.”
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  • February 26, 2010   BY Tom LeGro 

    A roundup of arts headlines.
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  • July 28, 2008  

    NewsHour essayist Julia Keller reveals what lures the average person to the unlikely characters of superheroes, who are cramming the action into many a blockbuster this summer. Continue reading