GOOD DAY FOR: Asian comic relief, as superhero purveyor Marvel Entertainment is looking to China and India to push its growth over the next five years. Marvel already gets about a third of its revenue from outside the U.S., and thinks that could rise to 50 percent in three to four years. Most of the international growth is being driven by Hollywood films based on Marvel characters such as Spider-Man and Iron Man. (Reuters)

BAD DAY FOR: Liberation theology, after the Vatican’s official newspaper proposed that the greatest liberator of women in the 20th century was the washing machine. Compared with such advances as the right to work and the birth control pill, the L’Osservatore Romano writer—a woman—did acknowledge that the washing machine was a daring choice in the “heated” debate over women’s liberation. (Reuters)