War, Politics and Superheroes Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film

ISBN-10: 0786447184

ISBN-13: 9780786447183

Edition: 2011

Authors: Marc DiPaolo

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Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics of their time. Superheroes addressed include Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Invisible Woman and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 3/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Marc DiPaolo is Assistant Professor of English and Film at Oklahoma City University, US. He is the author of War Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film (2010) and Emma Adapted: Jane Austen's Heroine from Book to Film (2007).

Introduction: Are Superheroes Republicans? On the Avengers, Star Trek, and Watchmen
Batman as Terrorist, Technocrat and Feudal Lord
Wonder Woman as World War II Veteran, Feminist Icon, and Sex Symbol
Spider-Man as Benedict Arnold, Objectivist, and Class Warrior
The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran
Superman vs. Ronald Reagan and the Ku Klux Klan
The Special Relationship: Britain and America in James Bond, Doctor Who, and Hellblazer
Tortured Consciences: Jack Bauer, the Invisible Woman, and George W. Bush's America
Gay Rights, Civil Rights, and Nazism in the X-Men Universe
In Brightest Day, in Darkest Knight: President Obama vs. the Zombie Apocalypse
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