There are a few key elements to a comic-book superheromost critically, superhuman powers. Maybe that's why chefs and wine experts, with their exceptional tasting abilities, are inspiring comic-book creators. These include Yuko and Shin Kibayashi (pen name: Tadashi Agi), who write Japan's "The Drops of God" comic, and Marvel Comics, creators of Spider-Man and X-Men.
For Marvel, the comic books reflect two passions: the publishing staff's own restaurant obsession (they have an in-house eating club called "FOOMFoodies of Ol' Marvel"), and the affection that so many (young, male) chefs feel for comic books.
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Chris Cosentino: Wolverine's Chef Sidekick
"Chefs have become cultural icons, not unlike comic-book heroes and villains, and food crosses over to everything," observes chef Chris Cosentino of San Francisco's Incanto. Cosentino recently fulfilled a childhood dream by writing his own Marvel comic. He appears in it as an offal-centric chef who helps Wolverine hunt down a mutant who butchers humanspun intended.