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25 Feb 2021 12:00 a.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2021 9:38 p.m. PST

…superhuman crisis of the 70s

"In the 1970s, with supernatural crises winding down and public perception of superhumans turning sour after falling out with the Civil Rights Movement, people began questioning whether we needed national superhero teams at all. The US and USSR decided to pursue a policy of detente, which included scaling back their super teams and keeping them away from the world stage. For years, they had served as the supernatural defense for their respective nations, and thanks to government backing, did not have the need for any normal occupation…"

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Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2021 3:26 a.m. PST

Not sure I buy this idea – there can't be that many superpowers that couldn't be monetised. Mostly in construction – think what Magneto (I know he's a villain) could charge on large scale construction of bridges or steel and glass office blocks.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2021 10:25 a.m. PST

Supervillains will always be willing, at a minimum, to engage in extortion to get money, so there will always be work for superheroes.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2021 11:48 a.m. PST

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emckinney27 Feb 2021 8:16 a.m. PST

20thmaine: read the link!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2021 5:56 a.m. PST

I did.

So Nixon made it illegal to use powers for profit – and this led to homeless washed up supeheroes?

I still don't buy it. Plenty of people would pay for these services, and a lot of the heroes would have just found themselves in some sort of "ask no questions, cash in hand payment" economy.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Jun 2021 7:37 p.m. PST

What prevents someone with superpowers from selling cars or real estate? Get a job!

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