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Revisionism and the British Invasion (1981–1993)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the development of the revisionist trend in British comics as well as the so-called British Invasion of American comics and its afermath during the period 1981–1993. It argues ... More


Mergers and Marvels (1962–1980)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter focuses on the reinvention of the Marvel superhero and the mergers among some of the major comics publishers in Britain during the period 1962–1980. The challenge of reinventing the ... More


Widescreen

Marc Singer

in Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031366
eISBN:
9781617031373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031366.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses Grant Morrison’s participation in the 1990s in the resurgence of the superhero comics. Morrison was said to have pioneered the “widescreen” approach, which featured ... More


The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Paul Williams and James Lyons (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Starting in the mid-1980s, a talented set of comics artists changed the comic-book industry in the United States forever by introducing adult sensibilities and aesthetic considerations into popular ... More


The Superhero Reader

Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038068
eISBN:
9781621039549
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Despite their commercial appeal and cross-media reach, superheroes are only recently starting to attract sustained scholarly attention. This book includes chapters and book excerpts by major writers ... More


Color Them Black

Adilifu Nama

in The Superhero Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038068
eISBN:
9781621039549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter considers the impact of the lack of black superheroes on both black and white children. It argues that concern over media effects on black children who admire white superheroes is overly ... More


Penny Dreadfuls, Story Papers, and Protosuperheroes (1825–1935)

Chris Murray

in The British Superhero

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496807373
eISBN:
9781496807410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807373.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the tradition of periodical adventure stories that existed in Britain during the period 1825–1935, focusing on “story papers” and “penny bloods,” also known as “penny ... More


Supercrip: Disability, Visuality, and the Silver Age Superhero

Alaniz José

in Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461176
eISBN:
9781626740655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461176.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses the figure of the “supercrip,” which divides much of the disabled community both within itself and from the wider, “abled” culture. Coming into popular use around the time of ... More


Making Comics Respectable: How maus Helped Redefine a Medium

Ian Gordon

in The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The last two decades have witnessed a significant transformation of comic books as far as types and content available are concerned, not to mention their critical reception. This shift can be traced ... More


Southern Super-Patriots and United States Nationalism: Race, Region, and Nation in Captain America

Brannon Costello

in Comics and the U.S. South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030185
eISBN:
9781621032212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During World War II, superhero comics achieved a degree of cultural legitimacy by becoming an unofficial instrument of U.S. propaganda that promotes America as a democratic, virtuous, and unified ... More


Conclusion: Vital Lies, Vital Truths

Alaniz José

in Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461176
eISBN:
9781626740655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461176.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book has sought to demonstrate the centrality of death and disability in mainstream superhero comics of the so-called Silver Age and beyond, spanning the late 1950s to the early 1990s. The ... More


Death-Defying Heroes

Henry Jenkins

in The Superhero Reader

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038068
eISBN:
9781621039549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter is an autoethnography of the author’s relationship to superhero comics. His reflections are shaped by his experience of grief over the recent death of his mother. He attempts to find out ... More


Waiting for Spider-Man: Representations of Urban School “Reform” in Marvel Comics’ Miles Morales Series

David E. Low

in Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496811677
eISBN:
9781496811714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines representations of an urban charter school lottery in Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, a comic book series that is popular with young readers, regularly selling 35,000 to ... More


Ever More—The Apogee and the Fall (1945–1954)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The comic book industry reached its commercial apogee over the course of the seven years that followed the end of World War II. Although the number of releases and combined print runs was never ... More


Conclusion

Peter Buse, Núria Triana Toribio, and Andy Willis

in The Cinema of Alex de la Iglesia

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719071362
eISBN:
9781781700952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719071362.003.0038
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides a synoptic view on the contributions of Álex de la Inglesia, a unique filmmaker. Jordi Sánchez Navarro, in Freaks en acción notes that de la Iglesia's films address an audience ... More


Decline and Rebirth (1955–1962)

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

in Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732672
eISBN:
9781621039860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732672.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The North American comic book industry appeared to undergo a period of transition eight years after suffering a crisis in 1954, when many publishers went under. Once it emerged from a purge and a ... More


Dismodernism and “The World's Strangest Heroes”

Alaniz José

in Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781628461176
eISBN:
9781626740655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461176.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter studies DC's Doom Patrol and Marvel's X-Men, both consisting societal outcasts led by a strong patriarchal figure in a wheelchair, who all live together in alternate communities hidden ... More


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