The images that pop up in most people’s heads when they think about superheroes can be traced back to the 1938 debut of Superman and the genre evolution that followed. But it’s possible to go back even further, connecting the Hulk to the ancient epic poem of Gilgamesh, and Batman to 17th Century cross-dressing…
Let’s all spook ourselves silly Victorian-style, shall we?
The people of the Victorian era had a very specific fear: poison murder.
Writer and classic book-lister extraordinaire Joshua Glenn is at it again. Now that he's catalogued Radium Age science fiction, he's starting to work on a definitive list of the greatest adventure stories of the 19th century. Victoriana lovers, dive in!
Carousels rides were all the rage in the Victorian era, for adults even more than children. On Sundays, when most workers had the day off, the often beautifully-designed animals of the carousel would be draped with young ladies showing a bit of ankle to their dates. But now most of this history is forgotten.
In 18th and 19th century England, the ballad — sung in the street, in pleasure gardens, in taverns, or in private house parties — functioned as pure entertainment for the masses. But it was also a vehicle for news and for an expression of popular sentiment. Widespread discontent, whether with new technologies or…