These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.
James Franco, the Energizer bunny of actors, plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician in a second-rate traveling circus first seen doing his show to a small crowd in the black-and-white Kansas of the early 20th Century.
It takes some kind of actor to take the role of a Nazi sadist and make it more than just a broad caricature. And it's no mean feat to then become the flesh-and-blood incarnation of one of comics' most notorious egotists and turn him into a person you might consider hanging out with.
For these eight days in autumn, Hollywood comes to Savannah. And every year, our esteemed guests remind us that the best of the fest is the thousands of Savannah College of Art and Design students at its center.
Comic book characters, popular cartoon stars and all sorts of movie figures have taken over the Jacob Javits Center for this weekend's New York Comic Con. The huge glass structure on the Hudson River has never been so full of excitement.