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Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas

Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas


An Insider's View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon The first generation of American television programmers had few choices of Saturday morning children's offerings. That changed dramatically in 1963 when a Japanese animated television series called Tetsuan Atom was acquired for distribution by NBC. Fred Ladd adapted the show for American television and--rechristened Astro...   [click here for more]
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Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays

Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays


For more than 60 years, Captain America was one of Marvel Comics' flagship characters, representing truth, strength, liberty, and justice. The assassination of his alter ego, Steve Rogers, rocked the comic world, leaving numerous questions about his life and death. This book discusses topics including the representation of Nazi Germany in Captain America Comics from the 1940s to the 1960s; the creation...   [click here for more]
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Comics as a Nexus of Cultures: Essays on the Interplay of Media, Disciplines and International Perspectives

Comics as a Nexus of Cultures: Essays on the Interplay of Media, Disciplines and International Perspectives


These essays from various critical disciplines examine how comic books and graphic narratives move between various media, while merging youth and adult cultures and popular and high art. The articles feature international perspectives on comics and graphic novels published in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, India, and Japan. Topics range from film adaptation, to journalism...   [click here for more]
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Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries

Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries


In the 1950s and '60s, a grassroots movement arose to celebrate comic books and strips, which were becoming increasingly important to American popular culture. This broad group of ardent readers and collectors had little formal structure until the 1950s. As the art and literary form grew in popularity, a dedicated core began building an organized network. Profiled here are 90 people at the heart...   [click here for more]
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Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture

Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture


Essays on Real and Fictional Defenders of Home These essays consider the way that heroes and the domestic spaces they defend have been represented in 20th and early 21st century popular forms, especially film, comic books and material culture. The authors work in various academic disciplines such as English, film studies, history and human geography, thus bringing a rich variety...   [click here for more]
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Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV

Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV


Premiering in September of 2006, the weekly NBC television series Heroes was an immediate commercial and critical hit, lasting four successful seasons. Heroes follows a group of interrelated characters who discover they have superhuman powers, with each successive episode exploring how these people react to and utilize their powers for good or for evil. This collection of essays explores a variety...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s

Marvel Comics into Film: Essays on Adaptations Since the 1940s


Marvel Studios’ approach to its Cinematic Universe—beginning with the release of Iron Man (2008)—has become the template for successful management of blockbuster film properties. Yet films featuring Marvel characters can be traced back to the 1940s, when the Captain America serial first appeared on the screen. This collection of new essays is the first to explore the historical,...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror

Marvel Comics' Civil War and the Age of Terror


Critical Essays on the Comic Saga Marvel Comics has an established tradition of addressing relevant real-life issues facing the American public. With the publication of Civil War (2006-2007), a seven-issue crossover storyline spanning the Marvel universe, they focused on contemporary anxieties such as terrorism and threats to privacy and other civil liberties. This collection of new essays explores...   [click here for more]
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Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications

Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications


An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965-2005 This work provides an extensive guide for students, fans, and collectors of Marvel Comics. Focusing on Marvel's mainstream comics, the author provides a detailed description of each comic along with a bibliographic citation listing the publication's title, writers/artists,...   [click here for more]
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Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set

Marvel's Black Widow from Spy to Superhero: Essays on an Avenger with a Very Specific Skill Set


First appearing in Marvel Comics in the 1960s, Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, was introduced to movie audiences in Iron Man 2 (2010). Her character has grown in popularity with subsequent Marvel films, and fans have been vocal about wanting to see Black Widow in a titular role. Romanoff has potent appeal: a strong female character who is not defined by her looks or her romantic relationships,...   [click here for more]
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Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight

Riddle Me This, Batman!: Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight


From his first comic-book appearance in 1939 through his many incarnations on the big screen, the archetypal superhero known as The Batman has never been far from the American consciousness. The character shaped the way we read comics and graphic novels, view motion pictures, and analyze the motifs of the Hero, the Anti-Hero and the Villain. He has also captured the scholarly imagination, telling us...   [click here for more]
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Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore

Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore


Critical Essays on the Graphic Novels Alan Moore, the idiosyncratic, controversial and often shocking writer of such works as Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and V for Vendetta, remains a benchmark for readers of comics and graphic novels. This collection investigates the political, social, cultural, and sexual ideologies that emerge from his seminal work, Lost...   [click here for more]
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Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film

Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film


This is a book about the comics genre and language, how these were used to create Batman, and how that character's longevity is largely due to the medium's unique formal qualities. It argues that Batman's core appeal is his mythic nature which allows him to transcend changes in reader tastes, the vicissitudes of the comics industry, and the changing media landscape. While including some historical...   [click here for more]
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Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society

Super-History: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society


1938 to the Present In the less than eight decades since Superman's debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation's dominant mythology. They represent America's hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study views...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman

Superheroes and Gods: A Comparative Study from Babylonia to Batman


The work provides a unique study of superheroes and gods in literature, popular culture, and ancient myth. The author selects a number of mythological figures (e.g., Babylonia's Gilgamesh and Enkidu), ancient gods (e.g., Greece's Eros and Tartarus), and modern superheroes (e.g., the United States' Superman and Captain Marvel) and identifies the often striking similarities between each unique category...   [click here for more]
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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature


Few scholars nursed on the literary canon would dispute that knowledge of Western literature benefits readers and writers of the superhero genre. This analysis of superhero comics as Romance literature shows that the reverse is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has something to teach critics of traditional literature. Establishing the comic genre as a cousin to Arthurian myth, Spenser, and...   [click here for more]
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Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway

Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway


First introduced in a 1938 comic book, Superman has since become an iconic character in American entertainment. This complete history covers Superman's appearances in film and television, from the 1941 introduction of the first Superman cartoon to the 2006 live-action film Superman Returns. The book includes several rarely seen photographs of the actors who have brought Superman to life for over...   [click here for more]
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The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film

The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film


Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times


Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger--Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations--The Avengers(2012), Iron Man 3(2013)--hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times


Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline,...   [click here for more]
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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


Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting hopes, fears and concerns among readers. One of Marvel Comic's most popular franchises for five decades, The Avengers have always been reflective of their times, and have adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant. This collection of fresh essays by popular...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times

The Ages of the Incredible Hulk: Essays on the Green Goliath in Changing Times


The Incredible Hulk is one of the earliest Marvel Comics superheroes. Through the decades, the character and his narrative elements--the causes of Bruce Banner's transformations, the Hulk's strength, intelligence and skin color, the stories' tone, theme and sources of conflict--have been continually reinvented to remain relevant. This collection of new essays explores Marvel's more than five decades...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times

The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times


The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship...   [click here for more]
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The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times

The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times


Created in 1941 by the psychologist William Marston, Wonder Woman would go on to have one of the longest continuous runs of published comic book adventures in the history of the industry. More than 70 years after her debut, Wonder Woman remains a popular culture icon. Throughout the intervening years many comic book creators have had a hand in guiding her story, resulting in different interpretations...   [click here for more]
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The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television

The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television


This collection of essays analyzes the many ways in which comic book and film superheroes have been revised or rewritten in response to changes in real-world politics, social mores, and popular culture. Among many topics covered are the jingoistic origin of Captain America in the wake of the McCarthy hearings, the post-World War II fantasy-feminist role of Wonder Woman, and the Nietzschean influences...   [click here for more]
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The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.

The Batman Filmography, 2nd Ed.


This is a complete reference work to the history of Batman big screen works, from the 1940s serials through the campy 1960s TV show and film, and up through the series of Warner Bros. summer blockbusters that climaxed with Christopher Nolan's 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. Chapters on each Batman feature include extensive film and production credits, a production history, and a critical analysis...   [click here for more]
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The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.

The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television, 2d ed.


It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a complete guide to over 50 years of superheroes on screen! This expanded and updated edition of the 2004 award-winning encyclopedia covers important developments in the popular genre; adds new shows such as Heroes and Zoom; includes the latest films featuring icons like Superman, Spiderman and Batman; and covers even more types of superheroes. Each...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books


For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation...   [click here for more]
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The Mythology of the Superhero

The Mythology of the Superhero


Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives--including...   [click here for more]
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The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form

The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form


These 15 essays investigate comic books and graphic novels, beginning with the early development of these media. The essays also place the work in a cultural context, addressing theory and terminology, adaptations of comic books, the superhero genre, and comic books and graphic novels that deal with history and nonfiction. By addressing the topic from a wide range of perspectives, the book offers...   [click here for more]
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War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film

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


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...   [click here for more]
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Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel

Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel


Watchmen has been hailed as the quintessential graphic novel and has spawned a body of literary criticism since its 1986 initial appearance in installments. This work explores the graphic novel's reception in both popular and scholarly arenas and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affects the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype, the hero's journey,...   [click here for more]
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