Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics

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Winner of the 2018 Eisner Award Winner for Best Scholarly/Academic Work

Whether good or evil, beautiful or ugly, smart or downright silly, able-bodied or differently abled, gay or straight, male or female, young or old, Latinx superheroes in mainstream comic book stories are few and far between. It is as if finding the Latinx presence in the DC and Marvel worlds requires activation of superheroic powers.

Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics blasts open barriers with a swift kick. It explores deeply and systematically the storyworld spaces inhabited by brown superheroes in mainstream comic book storyworlds: print comic books, animation, TV, and film. It makes visible and lets loose the otherwise occluded and shackled. Leaving nothing to chance, it sheds light on how creators (authors, artists, animators, and directors) make storyworlds that feature Latinos/as, distinguishing between those that we can and should evaluate as well done and those we can and should evaluate as not well done.

The foremost expert on Latinx comics, Frederick Luis Aldama guides us through the full archive of all the Latinx superheros in comics since the 1940s. Aldama takes us where the superheroes live—the barrios, the hospitals, the school rooms, the farm fields—and he not only shows us a view to the Latinx content, sometimes deeply embedded, but also provokes critical inquiry into the way storytelling formats distill and reconstruct real Latinos/as.

Thoroughly entertaining but seriously undertaken, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics allows us to truly see how superhero comic book storyworlds are willfully created in ways that make new our perception, thoughts, and feelings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816537082
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Latinx Pop Culture Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Frederick Luis Aldama is the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at the Ohio State University. An expert on Latinx popular culture, Aldama is the author, co-author, and editor of twenty-nine books, including Long Stories Cut Short: Fictions from the Borderlands, Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez, and The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez.

Table of Contents

It’s Hard Being Invisible: A Foreword by John Jennings
Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue: Kicking Some Culo !
Chapter 1. Excavating a Latinx Superhero Print-Comic Archive
Chapter 2. Toward a Theory of Latinx Comic Book Superheroes
Chapter 3. Multimediated Latinx Superheroes
Epilogue: Up, Up . . . and Away !
Looking at the Mainstream from the Independent Trenches: An Afterword by Javier Hernandez
Appendix: Select Creators of Mainstream Comics
Works Cited
Index

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