Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us about Ourselves and Our Society available in Paperback
Why are so many of the superhero myths tied up with loss, often violent, of parents or parental figures? What is the significance of the dual identity? What makes some superhuman figures "good" and others "evil"? Why are so many of the prime superheroes white and male? How has the superhero evolved over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries? And how might the myths be changing? Why is it that the key superhero archetypes - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the X-Men - touch primal needs and experiences in everyone? Why has the superhero moved beyond the pages of comics into other media? All these topics, and more, are covered in this lively and original exploration of the reasons why the superhero - in comic books, films, and TV - is such a potent myth for our times and culture.
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About the Author
As former Group Editor of Marvel Comics's Spider-Man line, Danny Fingeroth became intimately familiar with the key elements of superhero mythology. He is exceptionally well versed in just what it takes to breathe life into these characters. Fingeroth is currently the creator and editor of Write Now magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife, sons, and 30,000 comic books.
Table of Contents
|2||It Started with Gilgamesh: The History of the Superhero||31|
|3||The Dual Identity: Of Pimpernels and Immigrants from the Stars||47|
|4||Storm of the Orphans: Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man||63|
|5||Amazon Grace: Wonder Woman, Xena, and Buffy||79|
|6||Thermonuclear Families: The Justice League, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four||97|
|7||You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: The Hulk, Judge Dredd, and Wolverine||119|
|8||Changing Voices: From Robin to Spider-Man||139|
|9||Values and Villains: What's at Stake?||155|
|10||The Future of the Superhero||169|
|Afterword: Getting Personal||173|
What People are Saying About This
In Superman on the Couch, you'll explore subjects that may make you reconsider preconceived notions and perhaps bring you greater appreciation of the superhero stories. (from the Foreward)
Danny Fingeroth has produced a readable and socially insightful consideration of the superhero. His analysis of society's solution to its dissatisfaction with the protection provided by standard law-and-order systems makes it important and current. Stan Lee's 'excelsorial' foreward is an enjoyable addition.