The superhero has been the staple of the modern comic book since
the late 1930s. The phenomenally successful movies "Superman" and
"Batman" have made these two comic book superheroes as familiar
worldwide as any characters ever created. Yet to relatively few
aficionados are they known at first hand from their appearances in
"Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology" explores the origins of the
superhero by documenting how heroes emerged from the comic book
genre and are defined both by its history and by audience
To show some of the most influential and paradigmatic figures,
this study focuses on the texts of three comic books in the
genre--"The X-Men," "The Dark Knight Returns," and "Watchman." It
examines ways in which the comics mythologize both the role of the
hero and the nature of consensus, authority, and moral choice.
Blending academic scholarship with specialized knowledge of the
comic book medium, "Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology" will have
appeal for several audiences. Since most of the academic
scholarship published on comic books has focused on history rather
than on cultural analysis, this book will be of great value to
scholars of popular culture.
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