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How Kirby Changed the Superhero

Charles Hatfield

in Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617031786
eISBN:
9781617031793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617031786.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines what Marvel Comics accomplished—and what it emboldened Jack Kirby to accomplish later on his own—from the perspective of the superhero as a genre. After sketching the historical ... More


Introduction: “Unmasked at Last!”: Death, Disability, and the Super-Body

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/9781628461176.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter provides a brief history of the superhero genre. Since its inauguration in 1938's Action Comics #1, the superhero genre has served as a disability and death-denying representational ... 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


The Revisionary Superhero Narrative

Geoff Klock

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/9781617038068.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from Geoff Klock’s How to Read Superhero Comics and Why (2002). It suggests that the 1980s’so-called revisionary superhero movement—in particular its taproots texts ... More


Jack Kirby and the Marvel Aesthetic

Charles Hatfield

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/9781617038068.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from Charles Hatfield’s Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (2011). It discusses how Marvel under Kirby introduced an epic approach to the superhero genre that ... 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


Free Agents

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/9781617031366.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Grant Morrison’s comic book projects for Vertigo Comics during and after his stint in Marvel Comics. It explains that during his stay in Marvel Comics, his projects for Vertigo ... More


Masked Heroes

Richard Reynolds

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/9781617038068.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter briefly charts the history of the comic book from a superhero fan’s point of view. It notes the range and diversity of superheroes, stressing their differences rather than their generic ... More


Domestication, Dysfunction, and the Rise of Superhero Fandom

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the anti-comics crusade of the 1950s. Rooted in the ethos of an atomic modernity in which the suburban home was thought of as a vanguard against internal and external threats, ... More


Comics Predecessors

Peter Coogan

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/9781617038068.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines precursors to the superhero genre in comic strips and comic books, developing a formalist argument as to why the superhero genre is particularly suited to the comics medium. The ... More


Reshaping Comic Books in a Socialist Regime: Quimantú, Para leer al Pato Donald and the Chilean Comics World during Unidad Popular

Ivan Lima Gomes

in The Comics World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781496834645
eISBN:
9781496834690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496834645.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The nearly one thousand days of Salvador Allende’s socialist government in Chile (1970–1973) are remembered as one of the twentieth century’s most significant experiences of left-wing national rule ... More


The Age of Innovation (1963–1969)

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/9781604732672.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During a short period in the 1960s, the comic book industry underwent a creative phase the effects of which still linger in the early twenty-first century. The industry’s new commercial and cultural ... More


Research and Development by Trial and Error (1969–1979)

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/9781604732672.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The comic book industry underwent dramatic changes in the 1970s, when the large publishers failed to arrest declining sales despite saturating the market with hundreds of new titles. It was also ... More


Crowds of Superheroes

Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence

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/9781617038068.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from The Myth of the American Superhero (2002) by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence. It discusses the proliferation of superheroes following the success of ... More


The End of a Century and the Beginning of a New Century (1993– )

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/9781604732672.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

During the 1990s, the comic book industry’s direct sales distribution system faced an extremely grave crisis after seven years of uninterrupted growth. This crisis decimated the ranks of comic book ... More


The Superman Conceit

Fredric Wertham

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/9781617038068.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter presents an excerpt from Fredric Wertham’s book, Seduction of the Innocent (1954), which criticizes the superhero genre. Wertham was especially concerned about what he saw as the dubious ... More


The Great Women Superheroes

Trina Robbins

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/9781617038068.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter details the creation of the character Wonder Woman and analyzes what she meant to readers in the 1940s. It also disputes the tendency of recent fan historians and scholars to denigrate ... More


The Comics and the Super State

Walter Ong

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/9781617038068.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter links the superhero genre with the herd mentality and extrajudicial violence of the totalitarian state. It suggests that the genre has a strong crosscurrent of those forces which the ... More


Conclusion

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/9781604732672.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book has shown that the cultural history of comic books in America is not limited to the history of publishers. Instead, cultural products correspond to a public that uses them in a variety of ... More


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