Mr. Adventure wrote:
Greg Cox wrote:
And then there's the characters they have maybe heard of if they have kids who watch cartoons and stuff. Iron Man and Thor and the Silver Surfer and such used to be in that category, prior to becoming movie stars, but not anymore. (I saw Iron Man coloring books at a craft store the other day!)
It's funny hearing characters spoken of like that that have been around for 50 years.
"Around" doesn't mean ubiquitous, though. Something can be very well-known to the niche audience for its medium, but will remain obscure to the general public until it crosses over into a more pervasive medium..
Exactly. They're "around" if you read comic books or watch animated series about superheroes, but if you grew up on Archie
or Richie Rich
instead, or were into sports or music or cars or Barbies or whatever. . . how would you be exposed to it?
My sister grew up reading Little House on the Prairie
and Anne of Green Gables,
not X-Men comics. Prior to the movies, I doubt she could have pulled Thor or Cyclops out of a lineup. Heck, my next door neighbors still don't know who Yoda is. (I admit that shocked me.) And my other
next door neighbor didn't know the difference between the Green Hornet and Green Lantern . . . .
It is possible to overestimate how pervasive this stuff is.