The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times

The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Changing Times

by Joseph J. Darowski (Editor)


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Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting reader concerns. One of Marvel Comic’s most popular franchises for five decades, the Avengers have always been reflective of their times, having adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant.
This collection of fresh essays by popular culture scholars examines Avengers story lines such as the Korvac Saga, Civil War, and Secret Invasion, and scrutinizes key characters including the Black Panther and Hank Pym. Essays explore how real-world events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, and 9/11 influenced popular entertainment in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786474585
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph J. Darowski teaches English at Brigham Young University and has published on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Wonder Woman, and Superman as well as on television series such as Chuck and Frasier.

Table of Contents

Preface Joseph J. Darowski 1

The Cuban Missile Crisis in Four Colors: "The Avengers Meet… 'Sub-Mariner'!" as an Allegory to Armageddon Liam Webb 5

"The Avengers always stand ready to do their part": The Avengers and the Vietnam War Lori Maguire 12

"The Kree-Skrull War" and the Growth of Uncertainty in the Cold War Era Paul R. Kohl 25

Earth's Mightiest (Dysfunctional) Family: The Evolution of The Avengers Under Jim Shooter Jason Sacks 31

Madonna's Birth and God's Death: Marvel Comics, the Death of" God Movement, and the Religious Climate of the 1970s Nathan Gibbard 45

"The Korvac Saga": Exiles from Reason and Fragments of a Contemporary Mythology Giacomo Matteo Miniussi Laurie Schwartz 56

Stung by Stigmatization: Yellowjacket and Wasp Dis/Reassembled in the Age of Reagan Peter W. Lee 65

Everything Old Is New Again: Figuring Out Who the Enemy Is in the 1980s Jason Latouche 79

The Earth's Mightiest Heroes and America's Post-Cold War Identity Crisis John Darowski 92

The Spy King: How Christopher Priest's Version of the Black Panther Shook Up Earth's Mightiest Heroes Todd Steven Burroughs 103

The Ultimates as Superheroes in the Age of Social Media and Celebrity Morgan B. O'Rourke 120

"No!" Great Lakes Avengers and the Uses of Enfreakment José Alaniz 139

The Uncivil Debate Within Marvel's Civil War Mark Edlitz 155

Islamic Invaders: Secret Invasion and the Post-9/11 World of Marvel Dyfrig Jones 165

"The one with the kids on the island": Avengers Arena and Teenage Dystopian Fiction Joseph J. Darowski 178

About the Contributors 189

Index 193

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