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Watson, Lisa and Phil Stocks. "Superhero by Numbers." Refractory 10 2006/2007. Accessed 14Nov. 2014. <http://refractory.unime ... watson-and-phil-stocks/>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Watson2006/2007
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaptation, Comic book industry, Empirical research, Film adaptation, Publishing, Reception, Statistics, Superhero, TV, USA
Creators: Stocks, Watson
Collection: Refractory
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This paper reports on results of a statistical analysis correlating superhero characteristics such as powers, motivations, weaknesses, and costumes with commercial viability as represented by comic book sales and number of appearances in new media such as cinema and television. Results indicate that features of a character have little impact in the comic book market, and that new media trends support a move away from god-like, untouchable heroes to heroes displaying more human frailties and highly visual super abilities.
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