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Superhero Academy 101

Superhero Academy 101


Introducing Everything You Need to Know About Marvel and DC Mythology.

We here at Echo Base are a unique bunch. If you’ve ever sat down and binged on our articles you can see we have willingly partitioned a section of our brains to all things geek. When you come here, you don’t have to go far into our library to find good articles on music, zombies, video games, Star Trek, Star Wars, Aliens, the latest movies, and things that go bump in the night.

We have a great time at our virtual meetings discussing the cool stuff about the next great thing we’ve gotten wind of. When Doug, Wiizzy Wiig, Tim, Maddie, Militant Ginger, Rob, and the gang start a good thread in our chatroom, I’m sure ISPs across the nation go on alert to see if any of the networks fry up due to unfiltered awesomeness.

These guys are really amazing.

One of the things we’ve recognized is that the superhero universes published within Marvel and DC comics are a huge element of geek culture. These universes individually are larger than anything put together within modern literature. This includes the aforementioned Star Wars and Star Trek mythos as well as The Walking Dead and Tolkien universes. When we look at either Marvel or DC, there are over 80 years of contributed writing to consider. It’s one of the reasons why the movies and television shows are never quite the same as the graphic novels that spawned them.

There is a lot to go through and a lot of things to factor.

As part of our continuing fascination with superheroes and all things comic book-y, Echo Base is offering its reading community what can only be described as a curriculum in our Superhero Academy. We see that there’s a definite need for people to know more about superheroes, villains, and everything in their worlds.

Mister Darkseid is so mean.Mister Darkseid is so mean.


Consider these articles part of 101 and 201 courses in things that go on within Marvel and DC.

We will be featuring course articles on stuff within the comics. Here are some items on our syllabus:

  • Superhero Academy 101: Physical Education – Why Heroes Need to be in Shape (Not Just to Fit into their Spandex)
  • Superhero Academy 101: Metallurgy – Adamantium and Vibranium (And Other Alloys)
  • Superhero Academy 201: Xeno-History – The Kree/Skrull War
  • Superhero Academy 101: Artifacts – The Nine Power Rings And Their Colors
  • Superhero Academy 101: Temporal Physics – The Consequences of Time Travel
  • Superhero Academy 201: Metaphysics – Astral Projection and Combat
  • Superhero Academy 201: Physical Education – Escape Artists and Basic Tactics
  • Superhero Academy 101: Drivers’ Education – Basic Travel and How to Get About
  • Superhero Academy 101: Fashion Police – How to Change Costumes Discretely
  • Superhero Academy 101: Inventions – What You Need to Know about Unstable Molecules
  • Superhero Academy 201: History – The Legacy of the Wayne Family


We plan on taking a simplistic approach. We don’t want to confuse you. What we really want is to give you a strong primer on characters, concepts, history, places, and objects. There’s loads of stuff and I think that if we did nothing but write articles on this stuff, we’d never be finished.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Why should I listen to THESE GUYS? WHAT DO THEY KNOW?!!”

In part, you’re perfectly justified in having your doubts. After all, I’ve never fought crime. I am not a dark avenger of the night. I have no secret alter ego outside of my guise of “Whiney Man, Ranter for Justice”. There is little practical knowledge I can impart upon you on being an actual superhero. My shabby well-fed exterior is far from ready to battle villains like Thanos or Darkseid.

Do you want to know what our qualifications are?

We at Echo Base are proud of our vast collective sum of comic book knowledge. It is our mission to educate you in all things to better appreciate Marvel and DC’s superhero genre.

You should know this is a problemYou should know this is a problem


For example, when you hear that evil forces against Supergirl have found a rock of gold kryptonite, we want you to know it’s serious business. When Thanos, the mad Titan, gets his hands on all six infinity gems and put them on his gauntlet, you need to know everyone is screwed. When Darkseid manages to get his head around the last component of the anti-life equation, you should see a lot of people around him get really depressed. Also, when Spider-man thinks he sees one of his dead girlfriends walking around the college campus near his biology class, it’s cause for concern.

All of these things matter when you see them in movies or on television shows. We want you to know what the limits are to Wolverine’s claws and Captain America’s shield. We want you to understand that boom tubes are a quick way to get around the DCU. We want you to understand that when Lex Luthor throws his hat into the political ring for president, he has a high probability of winning.

We want you to enjoy comic books as much as we do.

These articles will be here to help you. Plus, you’ll be happy to know these classes are available for the low, low price of just your time and clicks. Plus, if you really enjoy them, let others know how awesome we are in the comments.

Classes will start soon. Keep your eyes peeled for our first 101 class. You’ll be glad you did.

Christopher Peruzzi Christopher Peruzzi is a comic book shaman and zombie war survivalist. When our dystopian future falls upon us, Chris will be there preaching in the First Church of Marvel. As a comic book enthusiast for most of his life, Chris has written over 150 articles on geek culture. He does lectures on Superheroes: The New American Mythology and how today’s superheroes are the new pantheon of American Gods. His short story The Undead Rose was published within the zombie anthology, Once Upon An Apocalypse by Chaosium Press. He writes regularly on zombie war preparedness and the Cthulhu mythos. Chris lives in Freehold with his wife and fellow SuperWhoLock fan, Sharon, and both are ready for their first TARDIS trip.