Well dear readers, welcome to the conclusion of The Science Of Superheroes. Yep, after a very long trek around the world (and back) that saw myself and (scum bag) Ryan on a quest for knowledge, it’s time to sit back and look over what we discovered. For those who have skipped through parts 1-22 and are strangely reading this first, our journey took us from Central Asia through to Sweden, Africa, Papua New Guinea and Wales. We then departed the Welsh valleys for New York, Louisiana, California, Canada and Hawaii before popping over to Japan, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Sussex and...erm finally Salford! Our aim was to uncover the science behind the weaponry and gadgets that help out some of the greatest superheroes known to man (and woman). The list of super characters that we looked at included... Popeye, Thor, Green Lantern, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, the Phantom, Bananaman and SuperTed...
...Captain Marvel, Captain America, Gambit, the Bionic Six, Wolverine, Silver Surfer, He-Man and She-Ra, the Guyver, the Centurions and GizmoDuck...
...the Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, the Super Mario Brothers, the Rocketeer, the Mask, Asterix, Spider-man, the Swat Kats, Toxie and finally Batman. Now that would be a pretty impressive list for anyone, but we here at The Comics Code take all this in our stride and so I (and to a lesser extent Ryan) decided that despite it being a pretty exhaustive journey, we would not rest until you the loyal readers had some info on each of your favourite characters. Sadly there was a little bump in the road thanks to Ryan and a selection of ‘loose ladies’, but it didn’t stop us from our task and as you will have previously read, we completed 22 thrilling chapters!
So what exactly did we learn?
Well, our aim was to find out all about a bunch of superheroes and their weapons and to discover whether us mere mortals could benefit from our findings. Some of the information paid off because we discovered that eating spinach, bananas, mushrooms and fish has health benefits and if you want to build muscle then foods high in protein will certainly help you out. On the flipside eating mistletoe is not a good idea, so don’t do it. Just don’t; alright?! Outside of the realms of food and nutrition we looked at mystical weapons and learnt that although Thor’s mighty hammer Mjolnir doesn’t exist, there are replica pendants called Mjollnir which do exist and there may even be a mystical sword called Kusangi-no-Tsurugi knocking around in Japan! So although they might not be what we were looking at exactly, there is the possibility of hidden power in legendary weapons that act as alternatives to the ones used by superheroes. This meant that people believed in them, even if it couldn’t be proved they didn’t have any mystical/spiritual power, which was also true with rings, magic words and masks; as the power of suggestion really is a powerful thing. We then looked at technology with power suits, bionics, aircraft, rocket packs, shields, underground lairs and lie detectors and learnt that technology is pretty darn useful at helping people out. Who’d have thunk it!?! Outside of this we looked at dinosaurs and spider webs, skeletons, surf boards and playing cards and let’s not forget mops! Out of everything that we looked at there were times when the original weapons weren’t a physical possibility, but there were usually handy alternatives to (sort of) get around any problem, so although not all weapons are real, they do have a grain of truth in their existence.
The most important thing to take from this journey (apart from learning never to entrust work experience boys with the expense account) is that despite all of these enhancements, superheroes have been around for years and probably can get along regardless of their weapons. The main reason for this is because of exercise! Yep, we may not have touched upon it, well apart from a bit of body building, but as superheroes are constantly fighting villains, they are always getting a good workout. Doing regular exercise not only burns off calories and keeps you in shape, but it also helps keep your heart healthy and reduces the risk of diabetes.
And now you know!
Well that’s all from us this time around, however fear not fans of The Science Of Superheroes, as we WILL return (well I will...but I don’t fancy Ryan’s chances) when we once again look at more... erm... sciencey stuff!