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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786447183
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc DiPaolo is an assistant professor of English and Film at Oklahoma City University. He is a frequent contributor to books and journals, the author of a book about screen adaptations of Jane Austen's Emma, and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Popular Culture.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction: Are Superheroes Republicans? On the Avengers, Star Trek, and Watchmen 11

1 Batman as Terrorist, Technocrat and Feudal Lord 49

2 Wonder Woman as World War II Veteran, Feminist Icon, and Sex Symbol 70

3 Spider-Man as Benedict Arnold, Objectivist, and Class Warrior 92

4 The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran 115

5 Superman vs. Ronald Reagan and the Ku Klux Klan 138

6 The Special Relationship: Britain and America in James Bond, Doctor Who, and Hellblazer 169

7 Tortured Consciences: Jack Bauer, the Invisible Woman, and George W. Bush's America 196

8 Gay Rights, Civil Rights, and Nazism in the X-Men Universe 219

9 In Brightest Day, in Darkest Knight: President Obama vs. the Zombie Apocalypse 248

Chapter Notes 279

Bibliography 299

Index 317

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    This is a fascinating application of politics into superhero com

    This is a fascinating application of politics into superhero comics. The chapter titles are interesting and hysterical. Examples include, “President Obama vs. the Zombie Apocalypse” and “ The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran.” The content is definitely biased, but he provides strong evidence for his statements. It covers all figures from the X-men to Thor to the Green Lantern to James Bond.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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