META: Three Metaphors for Superhero Teams

Andrew Perron pwerdna at
Wed May 2 20:31:08 PDT 2012

On Wed, 2 May 2012 16:46:05 +0000 (UTC), Adrian J. McClure wrote:

> Most subgroups seem to fit the mold of team as
> clique/friends, with a few (like Dvandom Force) as professionals. I
> can't really think of any that fit the family dynamic.

I'd say the core cast of Limp-Asparagus Lad does, to some extent.

> I think the LNH, like the Legion of
> Super-Heroes itself, fits a different paradigm: the superhero team as
> a fandom. A large group of like-minded people who join together in a
> loosely organized group for a common interest, which forms all kinds
> of complicated and contradictory social dynamics.

Interesting, and sort of like what I was summing them up as.

> That's why fandom
> responded so strongly to the LSH, why it was so beloved of hardcore
> comics fans as opposed to casual readers, and why people in the early
> days of RAC gravitated toward it for their alter egos. (That and the
> potential for wonderfully ridiculous names.)

Or, rather, it ended up that way *because* it came out of said alter egos.

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, organic evolution!

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