Superhero Reader

ISBN-10: 1617038067
ISBN-13: 9781617038068
Edition: 2013
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Description: Despite their commercial appeal and cross-media reach, superheroes are only recently starting to attract sustained scholarly attention. This groundbreaking collection brings together essays and book excerpts by major writers on comics and popular  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 6/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Despite their commercial appeal and cross-media reach, superheroes are only recently starting to attract sustained scholarly attention. This groundbreaking collection brings together essays and book excerpts by major writers on comics and popular culture.While superhero comics are a distinct and sometimes disdained branch of comics creation, they are integral to the development of the North American comic book and the history of the medium. For the past half-century they have also been the one overwhelmingly dominant market genre. The sheer volume of superhero comics that have been published over the years is staggering. Major superhero universes constitute one of the most expansive storytelling canvases ever fashioned. Moreover, characters inhabiting these fictional universes are immensely influential, having achieved iconic recognition around the globe. Their images and adventures have shaped many other media, such as film, videogames, and even prose fiction.The primary aim of this reader is twofold: first, to collect in a single volume a sampling of the most sophisticated commentary on superheroes, and second, to bring into sharper focus the ways in which superheroes connect with larger social, cultural, literary, aesthetic, and historical themes that are of interest to a great many readers both in the academy and beyond.

Will Brooker is associate professor in communications at Richmond, the American International University in London. He is the author of Batman Unmasked: Analyzing a Cultural Icon; Using the Force: Creativity, Community and 'Star Wars' Fans; and Alice's Adventures: Lewis Carroll in Pop.

Jeffrey A. Brown, Bowling Green, Ohio, is an associate professor of popular culture at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans (University Press of Mississippi).

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historical Considerations
Comics Predecessors
Men of Tomorrow
Gladiator
The Great Comic Book Heroes
The Comics and the Super State
The Superman Conceit
The Great Women Superheroes
Fandom and Authorship
Theory and Genre
Literary Formulas
Crowds of Superheroes
The Epic Hero and Pop Culture
Masked Heroes
The Revisionary Superhero Narrative
Jack Kirby and the Marvel Aesthetic
Navigating Infinite Earths
A Song of the Urban Superhero
Culture and Identity
Wonder Woman
Invisible Girl
Love Will Bring You to Your Gift
Batman, Deviance and Camp
Color Them Black
Comic Book Masculinity
The Punisher as Revisionist Superhero Western
Death-Defying Heroes
List of Contributors
Index

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