This has been kicking around in my head for a while, and I think I did this on a past incarnation of the board ... let's take a stab at creating a "Mindset List" for today's fan of comic books and related pop culture.
We begin by following the baseline that the Beloit College Mindset List uses, of a typical reader being 18. I know it's a dubious standard for this exercise, but we've got to start somewhere ... and place a reasonable limit on what's relevant and what isn't.
So, to begin, here are the first entries in The Captain Comics Round Table Mindset List!
Our typical comics reader this year is about 18 and was born in 1997.
- Jack Kirby, Curt Swan, Wally Wood, E. Nelson Bridwell, and Don Newton have always been dead.
- Image has always been a major comics publisher.
- The DC Universe has always been post-Crisis.
- A "dollar comic" is a digital download.
- Harley Quinn has always been part of the Batman family of titles.
- "Batman and Robin" has never meant Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.
- Wonder Woman has always been able to fly and has little need for the Invisible Plane.
- Steve Trevor has never been Wonder Woman's love interest.
- Tony Stark has always been a recovering alcoholic.
- Howard the Duck has always worn pants.
- The first Batman they saw in theaters was Christian Bale.
- The first Superman they saw in theaters was Brandon Routh.
- John Wesley Shipp plays The Flash's dad on TV, not The Flash himself. (But Mark Hamill plays The Trickster).
- Helen Slater plays Supergirl's mom on TV, not Supergirl in the movies. Likewise, Dean Cain plays Supergirl's dad on TV, not Superman himself.
Thems for starters ... any more to add?