Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti

With the proliferation of the Marvel/DC Comics-produced movies and cartoons, various forms of character merchandising, and most importantly, peer influence, you can’t blame a kid for aspiring to be a superhero too. But even superheroes have rules to follow, and who better to guide them than the awesome twosome of Lava Boy and Captain Magma?

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My Dad, My Hero by Ethan Long

Thanks to Marvel and DC Comics for ‘spoiling the market’, expectations of heroes have never been higher. But what Batman, Spiderman, Ironman and all the other comic-book ‘superheroes’ have in common — other than superhuman abilities and a predilection for costumes — is that they are NOT dads.

If you ask me, putting in long hours at work and then summoning up reserve energy to horse around with the kids after a trying day, keeping a grouchy mother(-of-1/2/3/4/5, doesn’t matter – we all have our testy moments) happy, and being the default driver, handyman, porter and pest-control guy in the household, are all extraordinary abilities that are way more practical than, say, shooting webs out of wrists, or zipping from place to place at the speed of light and thus avoiding road taxes and traffic jams, and generally saving the world from catastrophes… Hmm. Well, let’s see if these guys can do the same with a couple of kids thrown into the picture, eh? But I digress.

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