Today we’re going to look at how old myths, folktales and legends became a few of the superheroes we know today. We’re going to study a few specific ones today: Superman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Shazam!/Captain Marvel and The Thing.
First, make sure your group reads the original myth, folktale or legend. Then read the comic version.
On a sheet of chart paper, compare/contrast the superhero to the original story.
1) First, explain whether or not this superhero comes from a myth, folktale or legend
2)Evaluate how much the modern day superhero resembles the myth/folktale/legendary character — talk about each one’s “super powers”
3) How has the superhero updated the myth/folktale/legendary character for a modern audience?
4) As other groups present, make sure you fill out your superhero/myth comparison chart.
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All Star Comics #8
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