Fandom Glossary H – M

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Jespah (Janet Gershen-Siegel) has been a fan of Star Trek since probably the first set of reruns of The Original Series. She has an eclectic background, including an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, a JD (she practiced insurance defense law for a few years in New York and is a lot happier since she retired from that in 1990), and a MS in Interactive Media, which is a real-live social media degree.

Along the way, she has about a decade and a half of data analysis work under her belt and currently works as a blog coordinator for a high-end wedding blog and also as a blogger for hire (topics include diverse subjects like ad retargeting but also the nursing job market), and has a shingle out to work on social media presence, with a focus on independent authors as she is also a published science fiction author. Plus, she has been a community manager for a large Q & A website since 2002, which is before that existed as a job title.

She was raised on Long Island so, when she is riled up, the accent gallops back out and she can sound like Fran Drescher with a law degree. She lives in Boston with her husband of over 20 years and more computers than they need.

She can always be bribed with pie.

Fandom Glossary H – M

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This glossary is not intended to be a substitute for a good dictionary. It is being provided solely to assist you in reading some of our blog posts and in listening to our shows.



Halo is a female superhero in the DC Comics universe.

Holmes, Sherlock

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the super-genius detective. He is the centerpiece of one of the older literary fandoms. Holmes first appeared in print in 1887. Since the development of film and television, actors Basil Rathbone, George C. Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, and others have played him on the big and small screen.



The Incredibles is a Disney/Pixar film which explores a superhero family trying to live ordinary lives and then are more or less forced to return to their superhero ways. This commentary on what it means to be average contains the following characters:

  • Bob Parr (AKA Mr. Incredible)
  • Helen Parr (AKA Elastigirl and not to be confused with the DC Comics Elasti-Girl property)
  • Violet Parr
  • Dash Parr
  • Jack-Jack Parr

Furthermore, one of the more clever aspects of this film is the use of the more average than average names, including Parr. Clearly, Parr is a play on the golf term, par, yet another term for average.

Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman is a superhero in the Marvel universe.

Iron Man

Iron Man is a superhero in the Marvel universe.



This term for a type of space knight is unique to the Star Wars universe.


Possibly the best-known villain within the Batman property, the Joker works with Harley Quinn.

Jones, Jessica

Jessica Jones is a female superhero in the Marvel universe and is also known as Jewel and Knightress.


Kenobi, Obi-Wan

Also called Ben Kenobi. Sir Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor have both played this mystic character in the Star Wars universe.

Kent, Clark

Clark Kent is Superman’s alias (a reporter for the Daily Planet).

Kirby, Jack

Né Jacob Kurtzberg, Kirby collaborated with Stan Lee to create the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and X-Men.

Kirk, James T.

Probably the best-known character in the Star Trek IP. Actors William Shatner and Chris Pine have both played Captain (sometimes Admiral, sometimes Cadet) Kirk.

Kylo Ren

This Star Wars villain character is not as well-known as his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader). Most likely, Kylo’s real name is Ben Solo.


Lee, Stan

Né Stanley Lieber, Stan Lee is perhaps the best-known comic book writer of all time. He is credited with co-creating with Jack Kirby the Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and X-Men, and with co-creating (with Bill Everett, or Steve Ditko) Daredevil and Spider-Man.



The Marvel Comics universe has gotten larger in the past few years, as comic book and superhero films have exploded in popularity.

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