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

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

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by Marc Dipaolo
     
 

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Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the 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

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Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the 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 Fantastic Four and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
a thorough, thought-out treatise that offers new ways of looking at comics and film. It will take its place in the annals of exceptional comic book/film scholarship...essential
Religious Studies Review
this unique work on popular culture is a seamless, well-constructed, deeply researched, sharply written, and politically insightful academic book
Kingston University, author of Batman Unmasked and Using the Force - Will Brooker
"DiPaolo's command of real-world politics as well as the broad knowledge of so many superhero stories (with "superhero" also defined in a very broad sense) really sells the project. I don't think there is another book like it, and my hope is that it will inspire fanboys who love the superhero narratives to also take more of an interest in the political intrigues and relationships that genuinely affect our lives."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786447183
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,228,823
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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War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago