Glen Weldon Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Actor Andrew Garfield asks a question from the audience wearing a Spider-Man costume during the Sony panel presentation of The Amazing Spider-Man at Comic Con last Friday. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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The American Way: A military genetics experiment transforms 98-pound weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into the iconic red, white and blue crusader. Cap must balance superheroics with his patriotic duty to sell war bonds. Jay Maidment/Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Green Man: Fighter pilot turned defender of the universe Hal Jordon (Ryan Reynolds) uses his magic ring to do battle with evil. The ring gives him the ability to conjure any shape he desires, but not, unfortunately, to conjure realistic-sounding dialogue. Warner Brothers hide caption

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A self-portrait by cartoonist Chester Brown, author of the new graphic memoir Paying For It. (This image is not part of the Paying For It story.) Chester Brown hide caption

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Chester Brown

From the chilliest depths of the Cold War comes FIGHTING AMERICAN, upholder of justice, defender of freedom, puncher of mutant Commies. Titan Books hide caption

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Titan Books