Intimate relationships have figured prominently in superhero stories from the beginning, when Superman slammed a wife beater into the wall and then Clark asked Lois out on a date in 1938's Action Comics #1. Even the proto-superheroes, those larger-than-life heroes whose adventures preceded the dawn of the costumed crusaders, frequently found themselves motivated by their relationships, from "Me Tarzan, You Jane" to "Oh, Popeye!" changes in depictions of relationships not only reflect the defining qualities of each major era of comic book history but often figure prominently in the issues that end one era and begin the next. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Molly Mahan (Dynamite Entertainment), Alan Kistler (Wired), Abby Dark-star (KeAbtium), and Jenna Busch (Fan Voice) trace the evolution of sex and love through the history of superhero comics.
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