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...When 18th century philosopher Adam Smith coined the term “invisible hand” to describe self-regulating markets, he could scarcely have imagined his idea would one day star in a superhero comic book.
…Q: Why a comic book? Is it to make the point that the recession widened a gulf between the rich and everybody else?
Origen: “That’s certainly one of the points, made by people like (Paul) Krug-Man and Robert Reich. But with their writing you don’t get people encased in underwear. We have this accessible way of communicating similar ideas and allowing people a catharsis.”
…Q: Why use a retro graphic style?
Golan: “We wanted to tell a story with a wide emotional range, from comedy to poignancy, and it seemed like those old styles were better-suited — unlike modern comics which can be aggressive and dark and gritty. In the 50s and 60s, America had an idea of a common good, and that optimism was personified by superheroes. We wanted a style that took us back to that.”