The Physics of Superheroes

The Physics of Superheroes

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Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2009.
Edition: Spectacular 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9781592405084
Branch Call Number: 530 KAK 2009
Characteristics: xx, 424 p. : ill.

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DavidB
Jan 04, 2011

“At one point in the story, following a brazen daytime bank robbery, Electro is shown escaping from authorities by climbing up the side of a building as easily as Spider-Man. The panel is reproduced on p. 169 in fig 22, where we see one observer exclaim, “Look!! That strangely-garbed man is racing up the side of the building!” A second man on the street picks up the narrative: “He’s holding on to the iron beams in the building by means of electric rays—using them like a magnet!! Incredible!” There are two feelings inspired by this scene. The first is nostalgia for the bygone era when pedestrians would routinely narrate events occurring in front of them, providing exposition for any casual bystander. The other is pleasure at the realization that Electro’s climbing this building is actually a physically plausible use of his powers.”

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