Jumbie Posted October 27, 2012 Share Posted October 27, 2012 (edited) So, as some of you may know, Superman quit his Daily Planet job and is off to be a blogger. "...the resignation reflects present-day issues – the balance of journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the citizen journalist, etc.” --- "...we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth.” Sooooo, he's getting a bowel disruptor and a couple of filthy assistants? Anyway, I wanted to use this as a starting point for discussing superhero dayjobs. 1-Is it feasable for a superhero to have a full time day job, especially a demanding one? Test pilot, Business exec, Reporter, Scientist/researcher... On the one hand you'd expect your heroes to be driven people with ambition who will achieve things outside of the sphere of heroics. Most of them are accidental superheroes who probably grew up wanting to be an astronaut or doctor. But a Superhero would need to have some flexibility to respond to crime and crises. It makes better sense for them to have a job as say, artist or blogger or consultant. 2-Are the old school day jobs still valid? The world has changed so much it's hard for me to imagine a freelance photographer making money working for a paper, especially when he specialises in Spiderman pics. The move from newspaper journalist to blogger makes sense for Clark Kent in this way. Just last week, Newsweek announced they are ending their print edition. Some old school careers are actually more relevant now, I think, like Barry Allen being a forensics cop or Tony Stark being an arms dealer/technology magnate. 3-What's a good fit storywise? or just to avoid cliche? Reporter has to be the one job no new superhero should ever have just because it's so overdone. But's it's overdone because it's a job that gets the hero into trouble for the story conflict. Scientist researcher types like Reed Richards and Stark and Ray Palmer get to have adventures just off of their jobs. Doctors and school teachers, not so much. What would be your pick for asuperhero profession that's never been done, but fits well with the needs of the modern superhero lifestyle? Musician maybe? EMT/Fireman? Janitor at a weapons factory? Prostitute? 4-How much of the job should be in the story? What's a good job for having in a story? If your hero is a short order cook, I'm assuming his/her job isn't going to be given a lot of panels for the most part. But it seems like some jobs call out for more screen time and don't get it. Bruce Wayne as a businessman hardly ever seems to do business. Same with Stark. (he gets to do a lot of technology, but not much business.) Do any of the X-Men even have jobs? Edited October 27, 2012 by Jumbie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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