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The Rec Room: Who’s Your Favorite Superhero?

Swapna Krishna

Staff Writer

Swapna is the Comics Editor at Book Riot. She's a Space Columnist for Paste Magazine and writes for Syfy Wire—Fangrrls,, Bustle, and other sites. She co-hosts a podcast called Desi Geek Girls. You can find her incessant ramblings on Twitter at @skrishna. She lives outside Philadelphia.

In The Rec Room, we take a request for a recommendation and turn it over to the Panels community to help with ideas.

This week’s Rec Room is sponsored by On the Origin of Superheroes by Chris Gavaler

on-the-origin-of-superheroesOn the Origin of Superheroes is a quirky, personal tour of the mythology, literature, philosophy, history, and grand swirl of ideas that have permeated western culture in the centuries leading up to the first appearance of superheroes as we know them today.

On the Origin of Superheroes takes readers through the creation of the universe, to mythological heroes and gods, to folklore, ancient philosophy, revolutionary manifestos, discarded scientific theories, and even gothic monsters. You’ll meet mad scientists, Napoleonic dictators, costumed murderers, diabolical madmen, blackmailers, pirates, Wild West outlaws, eugenicists, the KKK, Victorian do-gooders, detectives, aliens, vampires, and pulp vigilantes (just to name a few). On the Origin of Superheroes is a fascinating, often funny, and always surprising prehistory of the most popular figure in pop culture today. It is available now wherever books are sold.

It’s tough. We know it’s tough. There are so many superheroes stories out there. So many great characters that have made a difference on the page and off. But it’s time for you to boil it down, to pick just ONE person (or tree or duck or frog—you get the idea) who is THE superhero for you. In the comments below, or across our social platforms, tell us this: Who is your favorite superhero?

Check back next week for a list of superhero recommendations! (And yes, if you can’t pick just one, you can give us a few.)