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September 30, 2011

Aristocracy vs meritocracy

In comic books villains earn their fortune, heroes inherit.

Conventional wisdom, and the vast majority of popular film and fiction outside the superhero genre, suggest that the heroic characters—the ones we admire and identify with—ought to be the ones who earn success through their own merits after a long struggle, while the villains are snobbish children of undeserved privilege. When it comes to the most famous businessmen in comics, though, we find that just the reverse is the case ...

The news comes as no surprise to supporters of the Empire; ask self-made man Darth Vader (via Ace).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 30, 2011 08:57 AM