Posted by Paracelsus (1646 posts) - - Show Bio

I was idly flicking through the entry for Bouncing Boy when I was mildly surprised to this character repeatedly smiling and generally being pleasant in the "Gallery"entries.

"What;s wrong with this picture?" i asked myself- then I realized- he didn't fit the popular "profile" of a superhero as being dark, bitter, brooding and generally borderline psychopathic- pace Wolverine, Punisher, Batman et al?

I'm curious- just WHEN did it become de rigeuer for a hero to be brooding, cyncial and generally all but totally misanthropic?

Anybody else think as I do?

Terry

#1 Edited by longbowhunter (7093 posts) - - Show Bio

The 80's and further established in the 90's shoulder pads and fire arms fad. I've got an old Aquaman comic that my girlfriend laughs at every time she sees it. He's flyin outta the water flashing a big dumb smile. It does look odd when compared to other comics.

#2 Posted by Active_Adaptation (254 posts) - - Show Bio

When BATMAN!

That's when.

#3 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanna say the mid to late 80s. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc.

#4 Posted by Samimista (20717 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

I wanna say the mid to late 80s. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc.

I was thinking the same.

#5 Posted by mk111 (3140 posts) - - Show Bio

Because no one liked goody two-shoes, I guess.

#6 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

@Samimista said:

@Gambit1024 said:

I wanna say the mid to late 80s. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc.

I was thinking the same.

I mean, you could even say that it was earlier with the Green Arrow/Green Lantern book (70's), but that movement didn't really boom until the 80's. Miller was doing Daredevil, Wolverine, TDKR, and Batman: Year One, Moore was doing Watchmen, Bruce Banner's anger issues were revealed to be because of child abuse, Iron Man was an alcoholic, and Lex Luthor went from mad scientist to corrupted businessman. The 80's was a dark time, indeed.

But if you're going for characters that were created specifically to be cool, dark and edgy, the 90's was it. Gambit, Spawn, Cable, Deadpool, Carnage, and every other character like that are the prime examples.

#7 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29501 posts) - - Show Bio

Lulz at everyone saying the 80s.

It's been like that since before Batman.

The Shadow, anyone?

#8 Posted by Active_Adaptation (254 posts) - - Show Bio

@InnerVenom123 said:

Lulz at everyone saying the 80s.

It's been like that since before Batman.

The Shadow, anyone?

Mine was meant to be a joke.

#9 Posted by Pyrogram (38460 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

When BATMAN!

That's when.

^^ lol

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#10 Posted by Trodorne (2590 posts) - - Show Bio

im not a fan of comics being so dark. I like the sort of average balance between good and bad. not everything requires story telling to be dark.which is why I miss most of the silver age and bronze age comics.

#11 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

When BATMAN!

That's when.

Because at BATMAN the world got so BATMAN that everyone was BATMAN.

#12 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29501 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

@InnerVenom123 said:

Lulz at everyone saying the 80s.

It's been like that since before Batman.

The Shadow, anyone?

Mine was meant to be a joke.

I meant "before Batman" as an identifier of era, not your post.

#13 Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope (2388 posts) - - Show Bio

Could it be they're dark because Rob Liefeld was popular in drawing them back in the day?

#14 Posted by Active_Adaptation (254 posts) - - Show Bio

@deadpoolrules said:

@Active_Adaptation said:

When BATMAN!

That's when.

Because at BATMAN the world got so BATMAN that everyone was BATMAN.

Precisely.

#15 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

@deadpoolrules said:

@Active_Adaptation said:

When BATMAN!

That's when.

Because at BATMAN the world got so BATMAN that everyone was BATMAN.

Precisely.

Actually I'm still kind of BATMAN,because being half me and half BATMAN is awesome!!!

That's me BATMANing myself.

#16 Posted by Active_Adaptation (254 posts) - - Show Bio

@deadpoolrules: I'm weeping because I know i will never be even a quarter that awesome.

#17 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation Yeah,I know I'm awesome.But I can make you a suit just like this =D

#18 Posted by Active_Adaptation (254 posts) - - Show Bio

@deadpoolrules said:

@Active_Adaptation Yeah,I know I'm awesome.But I can make you a suit just like this =D

Oh. My. Batpool.

#19 Posted by deadpoolrules (4683 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

@deadpoolrules said:

@Active_Adaptation Yeah,I know I'm awesome.But I can make you a suit just like this =D

Oh. My. Batpool.

That's my name xD

#20 Posted by SC (13110 posts) - - Show Bio

Since Gilgamesh.

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#21 Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones (11089 posts) - - Show Bio

Since Frank Miller

#22 Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6292 posts) - - Show Bio

@longbowhunter said:

The 80's and further established in the 90's shoulder pads and fire arms fad. I've got an old Aquaman comic that my girlfriend laughs at every time she sees it. He's flyin outta the water flashing a big dumb smile. It does look odd when compared to other comics.

Is it like this? As if smiling for a photograph?

#23 Posted by The Stegman (24407 posts) - - Show Bio

When Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns came out

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#24 Posted by blackadamFTW (7867 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

I wanna say the mid to late 80s. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc.

Pretty much.

#25 Posted by Decoy Elite (30041 posts) - - Show Bio

@InnerVenom123 said:

Lulz at everyone saying the 80s.

It's been like that since before Batman.

The Shadow, anyone?

True the old pulp heroes were dark but they kind of faded away. I think OP is more about when they became popular again.

#26 Posted by ARMIV2 (8529 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it was somewhere in the 1970's when comics began to look at more life issues and stuff, which then opened doors.

#27 Posted by JediXMan (30618 posts) - - Show Bio

80s. After years of mainstream comics being "clean," they suddenly became dark and gritty. This is mostly thanks to the likes of Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, etc.

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#28 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (18057 posts) - - Show Bio

@Active_Adaptation said:

When BATMAN!

That's when.

So since 1939?

I mean when Batman first appeared he was "dark".

#29 Posted by HBKTimHBK (5242 posts) - - Show Bio

@Gambit1024 said:

I wanna say the mid to late 80s. Frank Miller, Alan Moore, etc.