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Science Through Pop Culture: A Research Guide


Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. The 15-foot-tall, painted-bronze statue of the "Man of Steel" completed in 1993 in Metropolis, a small city in southern Illinois that takes advantage of its name, which mirrors the fictional home of the comic-book and TV-show superhero Superman. Not surprisingly, the Superman theme is ubiquitous around town. 2019. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Superpower is a popular culture term used to describe any superhuman ability and is found across genres and media in the fictional sphere. Those who possess these abilities are labeled superheroes or supervillains, some of the most common of which include superhuman strength, the ability to fly, and telekinesis. The possession of these powers is often used in pulp magazines, comic books, science fiction, television shows and film as the key attribute of a superhero or supervillain.

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