Superheroes, they can be poster boys for truth, justice, and the American way; Ever vigilant vigilantes, or adults with their undies on the outside, Super heroes aren’t particularly hard to mock.
Consider these are people who are either gifted extraordinary powers (the means are not relevant to this discussion) or go on a total vengeance trip and from this experience draw the conclusion they must save the world in tights, using snappy one-liners.
Enter the comic book parody.
As I mentioned Super-hero comics are rife with easily to ridicule material. And this is where the likes of the Tick, a protagonist who tried his gosh darn hardest to work within the constraints of super-hero society. The Tick was a successful franchise of the 90s, an era which spawned the likes of Men in Black and Tank Girl. Also spoofs such as Mystery Men, which put a humors twist on the super hero team up scenario.
The Superhero parody is ever present today as hollow wood churns out comic book adapt ions by the dozen; For instance the woeful my super ex-girlfriend and sky high, which combines teen angst and super powers for a Disney audience.
The question to be asked at this point is why do these parodies work? The answer is in how they work.
How good parody works is through an understanding of the conventions of the genre it is jeering. This understanding is an integral part of all comedies but in the case of comic book hero parodies, it is imperative because all Super-heroes abide by the same conventions.
All fans at some point will make fun of comics but that’s alright because we know (and love) the conventions so well, and when this understanding is seen on screen that is when Super-hero parodies work.