A Brief History of Superheroes

A Brief History of Superheroes

Author: Brian J. Robb

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472110701

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 304

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A fascinating written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings in the depths of Great Depression to the blockbuster movies of today. For over 90 years, superheroes have been interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. In this wide-ranging study, Robb looks at the diverse characters, their creators, and the ways in which their creations have been reinvented for successive generations. Inevitably, the focus is on the United States, but the context is international, including an examination of characters developed in India and Japan in reaction to the traditional American hero. Sections examine: the birth of the superhero, including Superman, in 1938; the DC family (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Justice Society/League of America), from the 1940s to the 1960s; the superheroes enlistment in the war effort in the 1940s and 50s; their neutering by the Comics Code; the challenge to DC from the Marvel family (The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and The X-Men), from the 1960s to the 1980s; the superhero as complex anti-hero; superheroes deconstructed in the 1980s (The Watchmen and Frank Miller’s Batman), and their politicization; independent comic book creators and new publishers in the 1980s and 90s; superheroes in retreat, and their rebirth at the movies in blockbusters from Batman to Spider-Man and The Avengers.
A Brief History of Superheroes
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Brian J. Robb
Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-15 - Publisher: Hachette UK

A fascinating written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings in the depths of Great Depression to the blockbuster movies of today. For over 90 years, superheroes have been interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. In this wide-ranging study, Robb looks at the diverse characters, their creators, and the ways in
A Brief History of Walt Disney
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Brian J. Robb
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-10-16 - Publisher: Hachette UK

Both a fascinating account of Walt Disney’s own significant artistic creations, from the iconic Mickey Mouse to the groundbreaking Snow White in 1937, and an insightful history of the hugely successful entertainment behemoth he created, from Dumbo to Pixar’s Toy Story, as well as the hugely popular theme parks. But
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: David Reynolds
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-04-06 - Publisher: Problematic Press

A semiotic and cultural anthropological interrogation of popular North American superhero narratives, such as those of Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman, provides insight into how media’s messages influence the culture’s ethical values. Since emerging in the late 1930s, the superhero has become a pervasive figure in North American popular culture. As
A Brief History of Comic Book Movies
Language: en
Pages: 98
Authors: Wheeler Winston Dixon, Richard Graham
Categories: Performing Arts
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-01-05 - Publisher: Springer

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies traces the meteoric rise of the hybrid art form of the comic book film. These films trace their origins back to the early 1940s, when the first Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later television shows in the 1950s and
The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books
Language: en
Pages: 270
Authors: Terrence R. Wandtke
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-10 - Publisher: McFarland

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