Don Locicero, Ph.D. (Author, Superheroes & Gods)
6.20 – Aliens & Superheroes (8.22.14)
PERSONAL: Born November 14, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Peter and Nancy (Passanate) LoCicero; married Cecelia Molfetto, August 16, 1958; children: Darius Jason. Education: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1960; Rutgers University, M.A., 1964, Ph.D., 1965; University of Tübingen, post-doctoral study.
CAREER: State University of New York College at Oneonta, associate professor of German, 1965-66; Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA, began as assistant professor, became professor of international languages, creative writing, and comparative literature and served as coordinator of comparative literature and director of Honors Program, 1966-2001; full-time writer, 2001—. 
The work provides a unique study of superheroes and gods in literature, popular culture, and ancient myth. The author selects a number of mythological figures (e.g., Babylonia’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu), ancient gods (e.g., Greece’s Eros and Tartarus), and modern superheroes (e.g., the United States’ Superman and Captain Marvel) and identifies the often striking similarities between each unique category of characters. The author contends that the vast majority of mythological superheroes follow the same archetypal character patterns, regardless of each hero’s unique time period or culture. Each of the first nine chapters examines the heroes and gods of a particular region or country, while the final chapter examines modern descendants of the hero prototype like Batman and Spiderman and several infamous anti-heroes (for example, Dracula and The Hulk).