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Brian Rhodes
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With Mickey Mouse on it? 

I would lean more toward "corporate symbol" than "literary character" for him. 


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I've only known "supernatural" to involve magic or the occult. 

Dracula? Yes. Superman? No. 

Frankenstein's monster? A product of science (fiction), like Superman.

The modern zombie? Probably not supernatural, either, really. From NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on, there seems to be a more science-based element to them. That's carried over some into vampire and werewolf lore (the Blade and Underworld series treating the 'curses' more as diseases).




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With Mickey Mouse on it?

I would lean more toward "corporate symbol" than "literary character" for him.

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Mickey Mouse became a corporate symbol -- and rather quickly -- but he did not start out as one.

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Supernatural - "(of a manifestation or event) attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature"

That works for me.

Supernatural - Dracula, Dormammu, the Zombie, the Living Mummy, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Doctor Fate, Doctor Strange, Werewolf by Night, etc.

SuperHUMAN - Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, etc.

If there is any attempt to describe their gaining powers through science or nature I would list them as superhuman.  No matter how wonky that science may be.  (except for the "magic is just science we don't understand" cop-out)


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… Mr. Mxyzptlk…

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He's interdimensional, and properly would be an example of "science advanced to the point of being indistinguishable from magic."

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Can't see that cover without feeling a little sad.
This issue came out while my dad was in the hospital with terminal cancer. He was old enough to remember seeing ACTION COMICS #1 on the stands, though I don't think he was into reading Superman as a kid. He'd have been 11 when the book came out.
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