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

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

by Jeffrey K. Johnson
     
 

In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study views

Overview

In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study views 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786465644
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
932,799
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey K. Johnson, a World War II historian for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the author of several books and articles.

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