What with all the preternatural powers, logic-defying physical feats, and uncanny abilities, it often feels like comics are exclusively about the amazing things superheroes can do. But sometimes superhero stories are about what a hero can’t do, and the heroism doesn’t start until they work to overcome these physical setbacks and disadvantages. On this episode we talk about physical disability in comics, we discuss the ways in which physically disabled characters have been represented in comics, and we spotlight our favorite heroes who have risen to the top of the heroes ranks despite their physical impairments.
Comic Book Reading Recommendations:
Disabilities - physical disabilities - Professor X - Professor Charles Xavier - Barbara Gordon - Daredevil - Oracle - Gail Simone - Matt Murdock - War Machine - James "Rhodey" Rhodes - disability - physical disability - diversity - Hawkeye - Freedy Freeman - Thor - Aquaman - Bucky Barnes - Winter Soldier - Misty Knight - LGBTQ - disabled community - Jericho - Teen Titans - aphonia - Cyborg - Donna Troy - Starfire - George Perez - Marv Wolfman - Deathstroke - Joseph Wilson - Slade Wilson - the Jackal - Ravager - Rose Wilson - Chrisopher Priest - Doctor Mid-Nite - Hootie - Stargirl - the Shadower - Charles McNider - Peter Cross - Hourman - Zero Hour - Echo - Maya Lopez - Kingpin - Wilson Fisk - Taskmaster - photographic reflexes - Wolverine - Ronin - New Avengers - Elektra - Skrulls - Secret Invasion - Luke Cage - Moon Knight - Brian Michael Bendis - Finesse