Superhero fiction

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. The genre primarily falls between hard fantasy and soft science fiction spectrum of scientific realism. It is most commonly associated with American comic books, though it has expanded into other media through adaptations and original works.

Superhero fiction
Captain Marvel, an iconic and influential example of the genre.
Stylistic originsEarly 20th century,
United States, Japan
Cultural originsGolden Age of Comic Books (America)
Kamishibai (Japan)
FeaturesFocus on adventures of heroic figures usually possessing superhuman powers and/or other abilities.
PopularityUniversal

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