Super-History Comic Book Superheroes and American Society, 1938 to the Present

ISBN-10: 0786465646
ISBN-13: 9780786465644
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 3/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188

In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensible part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They quickly expanded from their sequential art origins to become a part of nearly every portion of society, from film and television to art and academia. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs and have become ingrained in the nation's social and cultural fabric. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored and molded social trends and changes, influencing and reflecting political, social, and cultural events. This study provides a decade by decade chronicle of American history from 1938 to 2010 through the lens of superhero comics, revealing the spandex-clad guardians to be not only fictional characters but barometers of the place and time in which they reside.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
We Need a Hero: New Deal Social Avengers and Vigilantes (1938-1940)
World War II and Super-Patriots (1941-1945)
The Nuclear Era (1945-1989)
The Postwar 1940s and 1950s: Supernormal (1946-1959)
Counterculture Heroes (1960-1969)
The American Malaise (1970-1979)
Super-Conservatives and Neo-Cowboys (1980-1989)
Searching for a New Direction (1990-1999)
Decade of Fear (2000-2009)
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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