View from the Gutters presents Back Matter #9 — Evolution of Superheroes

Back Matter is our roundtable discussion show focused on discussion that doesn’t make it into our main show, including interviews, news and events in the comics industry, television and movies, or discussions of comics which open onto a broader conversation. Feel free to email us discussion ideas or any comments or questions you might have at

On this episode of Back Matter Joe and Tobiah sit down to interview Tobiah’s mother, Cory Panshin, about the evolution of superheroes in a cultural context. Cory is perhaps best known for her work on The World Beyond the Hill, an award-winning history of science fiction. She is also an old-school geek who has spent the last 40 years tracing the intersecting trends in fashion, politics, and the literature of the imagination.

She posts articles on these topics regularly at her blog, and more of her writing can be found at

Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cory Panshin.

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