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How come DC and Marvel aren't producing superhero and/or supervillain comics about Covid-19?

 
 
Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2021 06:25 am
Hi. I am just a little curious about this. DC and Marvel have a history of producing PSA comics for kids. One year DC produced "Heroes Against Hunger":

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_Against_Hunger

Another time Marvel produced a PSA comic about smoking:
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Storm-Power-Man-Smokescreen/dp/B000PGINOE

More recently both companies produced PSA comics about 9/11:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_comics_about_the_September_11_attacks

Recently Marvel produced a PSA comic about nurses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:
https://musebycl.io/film-tv/marvel-and-ahn-made-comic-book-inspired-real-nurses

Why is neither DC or Marvel producing PSA comics about the pandemic featuring superheroes and supervillains?

Would that undermine the seriousness of the pandemic? Or is this a silly question?

DC and Marvel both produced comics that depicted their superheroes and/or supervillains battling Muslim terrorists recently. Terrorist activity is pretty serious.

Please help. Thank you.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2021 12:36 pm
@JGoldman10,
This a silly question.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2021 01:39 pm
@JGoldman10,
Viz have been dealing with it. In a recent Gilbert Ratchet the vicar blames the pandemic on God being angry with him for nicking a curly wurley when he was a kid. Gilbert invents a time machine to fix things but inadvertently ends up taking a whole wagon load of curly wurlies back to the future pissing God off even more.

I won’t spoil the ending for you.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2021 04:07 am
@tsarstepan,
That's what I thought. Comic publishers want kids, especially kids, and general audiences to take the pandemic seriously.

However, I think if DC and Marvel, and/or any of the other major comic book publishers, made PSA comics centered around it that featured superheroes and/or supervillains that would drum up a LOT OF COMIC BOOK SALES.

9/11 was a major world-changing event, as were other recent terrorist attacks, but they didn't impact anyone's personal health. Yes, a lot people were killed and injured in 9/11 and in other terrorist attacks but the world moved on. I don't know about how many casualities there were in the other attacks but I doubt that in total including the ones from 9/11 that the count was anywhere in the millions. People weren't required to take personal safety precautions to protect their health.

There were a number of other pandemics and epidemics that transpired in recent years but how come they weren't nearly as bad as the Covid-19 pandemic?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2021 04:57 am
@tsarstepan,
There was no major public panic when swine flu broke out in the U.S. a few years ago and thankfully the recent Ebola outbreak from a few years back was only an issue in Africa.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2021 11:21 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:


Another time Marvel produced a PSA comic about smoking:
https://www.amazon.com/Spider-Man-Storm-Power-Man-Smokescreen/dp/B000PGINOE



My younger brother owned a copy of this comic book. In hindsight I wished I had saved it, it would probably be worth something if I took it to an appraiser.

It was thrown out because it was mildewed.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2021 11:27 am
There was an anti smoking campaign over here fronted by superman in which he would fight the evil Nick ‘O Teen. It appeared as a comic strip as an advert in ordinary comics.

Initially it was quite successful until someone pointed out that superman sweet cigarettes were also on sale.

They still sell them but they’re not called cigarettes any longer, candy rolls, or something like that, and one of the ends isn’t red.
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Mon 1 Mar, 2021 12:37 pm
@JGoldman10,
Both DC and Marvel have produced health PSAs in their comics, advising readers to maintain social distancing, regularly wash their hands, and wear masks. I linked to a couple of them previously but as usual, you forgot about them.

Also, the pandemic is not really well suited for any major storylines. There is no enemy with a face, so there is no antagonist for the heroes to fight against.. And each of their fictional universes are advanced enough to produce vaccines in a much shorter time frame.

Not to mention, several superheroes are immune and can't be sick.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:43 am
@Rebelofnj,
Okay. What about the supervillains? Are a a large number of them immune too?
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:45 am
@izzythepush,
Cigarette smoking and drug abuse isn't a big issue with kids and teens in THIS century, in THIS generation.

Anti-smoking and anti-drug abuse PSAs were far more commonplace in the U.S. in the '80s and '90s at least.

I have not seen any anti-drug abuse PSAs on TV recently. The only anti-smoking PSAs I have ever seen lately on TV is for the Truth campaign:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_(anti-tobacco_campaign)
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:52 am
@JGoldman10,
So why did you bring up the anti smoking Spider-Man comic?
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:52 am
@Rebelofnj,
Rebelofnj wrote:

Both DC and Marvel have produced health PSAs in their comics, advising readers to maintain social distancing, regularly wash their hands, and wear masks. I linked to a couple of them previously but as usual, you forgot about them.



When was this? I don't recall seeing any.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:55 am
@izzythepush,
For the same reason I brought up the one about world famine. I was just using these as examples of classic PSA comics.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 10:59 am
@Rebelofnj,
There have been numerous comics in which supervillains play the hero or anti-hero for whatever reason.

Deathstroke was playing a hero or anti-hero when he was fighting Muslim terrorists in a recent comic series.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:06 am
@Rebelofnj,
Rebelofnj wrote:


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Also, the pandemic is not really well suited for any major storylines. There is no enemy with a face, so there is no antagonist for the heroes to fight against. And each of their fictional universes are advanced enough to produce vaccines in a much shorter time frame.



You could have supervillains playing the hero or anti-hero, but yes, I forgot about the fact that in these fictional universes there is very-advanced tech with which they could produce vaccines in a very short period of time.
This probably would not be very realistic.

They could produce stories in which characters with advanced healing factors (Superman, Wolverine, etc.) could give tissue and/or blood samples to help those infected with Covid-19. I think a LOT of people would read those.

But forget vaccines - the world's chief scientists and chief medical experts NEED TO CONCOCT A PHYSICAL CURE for the virus.

The characters in the comics need to concoct a physical cure for the virus.
Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:27 am
@JGoldman10,
Quote:
But forget vaccines - the world's chief scientists and chief medical experts NEED TO CONCOCT A PHYSICAL CURE for the virus.


Cures are very difficult to produce due to numerous factors (genetics, costs, etc).

We don't even have a cure for the common cold.

Quote:
They could produce stories in which characters with advanced healing factors (Superman, Wolverine, etc.) could give tissue and/or blood samples to help those infected with Covid-19. I think a LOT of people would read those.


What you are asking for is not enough to fill 22 pages of a single issue. That kind of story is barely 2 pages (hero donates blood, cure is created, THE END).

Rebelofnj
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:35 am
@JGoldman10,
https://deadline.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/supergirl-beebo-flash.jpg?w=1000

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_LMAsi9q7p8/XyfDDrkZw_I/AAAAAAAAV-w/3vvrtzZ8sHUmaf8BdkVlhKwr4Y-MpPaIACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/DC-Social-Distance-promo-BatmanRobin.jpg

https://64.media.tumblr.com/0a51d081b6960e3fd982a87fc7f24c85/6813876ba06d400c-36/s1280x1920/ee9796cd76b12a6a8dfa29d86ebe83bf938e4621.jpg

Part of Marvel's Heroes At Home series
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ElEFCv7WkAUEtbr.jpg
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:41 am
@Rebelofnj,
Thank you.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:47 am
I don't know why but Flash washing his hands when they are covered by his costume struck me as funny.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 2 Mar, 2021 11:47 am
Not DC or Marvel but there are several:

http://p1cdn4static.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_20244996/Image/HEADER%20pics/vaccine%20super%20hero.jpg
 

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