The Superhero Reader

A full exploration of the history, politics, and aesthetics of the superhero genre

Author: Charles Hatfield

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617038067

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

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A full exploration of the history, politics, and aesthetics of the superhero genre

The Superhero Reader

Though the early creators of superhero comics invested the genre with their
energy and passion, not every reader was enthusiastic; in fact the genre drew
fierce criticism from the very start. The roots of the superhero in the déclassé and
vulgar ...

Author: Charles Hatfield

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617038032

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 319

View: 351

Despite their commercial appeal and cross-media reach, superheroes are only recently starting to attract sustained scholarly attention. This groundbreaking collection brings together essays and book excerpts by major writers on comics and popular culture. While superhero comics are a distinct and sometimes disdained branch of comics creation, they are integral to the development of the North American comic book and the history of the medium. For the past half-century they have also been the one overwhelmingly dominant market genre. The sheer volume of superhero comics that have been published over the years is staggering. Major superhero universes constitute one of the most expansive storytelling canvases ever fashioned. Moreover, characters inhabiting these fictional universes are immensely influential, having achieved iconic recognition around the globe. Their images and adventures have shaped many other media, such as film, videogames, and even prose fiction. The primary aim of this reader is twofold: first, to collect in a single volume a sampling of the most sophisticated commentary on superheroes, and second, to bring into sharper focus the ways in which superheroes connect with larger social, cultural, literary, aesthetic, and historical themes that are of interest to a great many readers both in the academy and beyond.

The Supervillain Reader

Indeed, whether in comics, films, novels, religious tomes, or video games, the eternal struggle between villain and hero keeps us coming back to these stories over and over again.

Author: Robert Moses Peaslee

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496826507

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

View: 587

Contributions by Jerold J. Abrams, José Alaniz, John Carey, Maurice Charney, Peter Coogan, Joe Cruz, Phillip Lamarr Cunningham, Stefan Danter, Adam Davidson-Harden, Randy Duncan, Richard Hall, Richard Heldenfels, Alberto Hermida, Víctor Hernández-Santaolalla, A. G. Holdier, Tiffany Hong, Stephen Graham Jones, Siegfried Kracauer, Naja Later, Ryan Litsey, Tara Lomax, Tony Magistrale, Matthew McEniry, Cait Mongrain, Grant Morrison, Robert Moses Peaslee, David D. Perlmutter, W. D. Phillips, Jared Poon, Duncan Prettyman, Vladimir Propp, Noriko T. Reider, Robin S. Rosenberg, Hannah Ryan, Lennart Soberon, J. Richard Stevens, Lars Stoltzfus-Brown, John N. Thompson, Dan Vena, and Robert G. Weiner The Supervillain Reader, featuring both reprinted and original essays, reveals why we are so fascinated with the villain. The obsession with the villain is not a new phenomenon, and, in fact, one finds villains who are “super” going as far back as ancient religious and mythological texts. This innovative collection brings together essays, book excerpts, and original content from a wide variety of scholars and writers, weaving a rich tapestry of thought regarding villains in all their manifestations, including film, literature, television, games, and, of course, comics and sequential art. While The Supervillain Reader focuses on the latter, it moves beyond comics to show how the vital concept of the supervillain is part of our larger consciousness. Editors Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner collect pieces that explore how the villain is a complex part of narratives regardless of the original source. The Joker, Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader, and Magneto must be compelling, stimulating, and proactive, whereas the superhero (or protagonist) is most often reactive. Indeed, whether in comics, films, novels, religious tomes, or video games, the eternal struggle between villain and hero keeps us coming back to these stories over and over again.

A Comics Studies Reader

The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware, as well as Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes.

Author: Jeet Heer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1628467053

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

View: 434

A Comics Studies Reader offers the best of the new comics scholarship in nearly thirty essays on a wide variety of such comics forms as gag cartoons, editorial cartoons, comic strips, comic books, manga, and graphic novels. The anthology covers the pioneering work of Rodolphe Töpffer, the Disney comics of Carl Barks, and the graphic novels of Art Spiegelman and Chris Ware, as well as Peanuts, romance comics, and superheroes. It explores the stylistic achievements of manga, the international anti-comics campaign, and power and class in Mexican comic books and English illustrated stories. A Comics Studies Reader introduces readers to the major debates and points of reference that continue to shape the field. It will interest anyone who wants to delve deeper into the world of comics and is ideal for classroom use.

Arguing Comics

From e. e. cummings, who championed George Herriman's Krazy Kat, to Irving Howe, who fretted about Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, this volume shows that comics have provided a key battleground in the culture wars for over a century.

Author: Jeet Heer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604735888

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 733

When Art Spiegelman's Maus-a two-part graphic novel about the Holocaust-won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, comics scholarship grew increasingly popular and notable. The rise of "serious" comics has generated growing levels of interest as scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals continue to explore the history, aesthetics, and semiotics of the comics medium. Yet those who write about the comics often assume analysis of the medium didn't begin until the cultural studies movement was underway. Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium brings together nearly two dozen essays by major writers and intellectuals who analyzed, embraced, and even attacked comic strips and comic books in the period between the turn of the century and the 1960s. From e. e. cummings, who championed George Herriman's Krazy Kat, to Irving Howe, who fretted about Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie, this volume shows that comics have provided a key battleground in the culture wars for over a century. With substantive essays by Umberto Eco, Marshall McLuhan, Leslie Fiedler, Gilbert Seldes, Dorothy Parker, Irving Howe, Delmore Schwartz, and others, this anthology shows how all of these writers took up comics-related topics as a point of entry into wider debates over modern art, cultural standards, daily life, and mass communication. Arguing Comics shows how prominent writers from the Jazz Age and the Depression era to the heyday of the New York Intellectuals in the 1950s thought about comics and, by extension, popular culture as a whole.

Secret Identity Reader

Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline.

Author: Lee Easton

Publisher: Wolsak & Wynn Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781894987509

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 392

View: 426

Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the side kick are all fair game in this wide-ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero's place in a post-9/11 world and considers why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

Marvel

The illustrated books featuring everyone's favorite Marvel characters come packaged with a sleek Me Reader Module that reads each book aloud.

Author: Brian Houlihan

Publisher: P I Kids

ISBN: 9781503748057

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 379

Join Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy as they save the day in 8 thrilling adventures! The illustrated books featuring everyone's favorite Marvel characters come packaged with a sleek Me Reader Module that reads each book aloud. Choose a book, press the matching book and page buttons on the module, and hear the whole story, along with fun and surprising sounds! Follow along in the book for a fun, independent reading experience that builds confidence in beginning readers. Story sounds and expressive narration enhance reading comprehension.

Early Reader Monstar the Superhero

But will Monstar save the day - or just cause chaos everywhere she goes...? A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the Astrosaurs books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer.

Author: Steve Cole

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444009753

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 814

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Monstar is sure that she can be a superhero who will help the town with all its problems. But will Monstar save the day - or just cause chaos everywhere she goes...? A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the Astrosaurs books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Wiliamson, who has also illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

Superman and the Bible

In 1938, Superman debuted, jumping off the pages of Action Comics #1.

Author: Nicholaus Pumphrey

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476665028

Category: Religion

Page: 214

View: 360

In 1938, Superman debuted, jumping off the pages of Action Comics #1. In the cultural context of the Great Depression and World War II, the U.S. would see the rise of the superhero not only in comic books but in radio programs, animated cartoons and television shows. Superman forever changed one’s concept of the hero and became permanently engrained in both American and worldwide culture. This study explores the Man of Steel’s narrative as a fresh perspective on readings of the Bible—his character is reflected in such figures as Moses, Samson and Jesus. The author argues that if we read the Bible it can be said we are reading about Superman.

Hand of Fire

Kirby's distinctive narrative drawing, use of bold abstraction, and creation of angst-ridden and morally flawed heroes mark him as one of the most influential mainstream creators in comics.In this book, Charles Hatfield examines the ...

Author: Charles Hatfield

Publisher: Great Comics Artists

ISBN: 9781617031779

Category: Art

Page: 297

View: 227

"Jack Kirby (1917-1994) is one of the most influential and popular artists in comics history. With Stan Lee, he created the Fantastic Four and defined the drawing and narrative style of Marvel Comics from the 1960s to the present day. Kirby is credited with creating or cocreating a number of Marvel's mainstay properties, among them the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor, and the Silver Surfer. His earlier work with Joe Simon led to the creation of Captain America, the popular kid gang and romance comic genres, and one of the most successful comics studios of the 1940s and 1950s. Kirby's distinctive narrative drawing, use of bold abstraction, and creation of angst-ridden and morally flawed heroes mark him as one of the most influential mainstream creators in comics.In this book, Charles Hatfield examines the artistic legacy of one of America's true comic book giants. He analyzes the development of Kirby's cartooning technique, his use of dynamic composition, the recurring themes and moral ambiguities in his work, his eventual split from Lee, and his later work as a solo artist. Against the backdrop of Kirby's earlier work in various genres, Hand of Fire examines the peak of Kirby's career, when he introduced a new sense of scope and sublimity to comic book fantasy"--Provided by publisher.

How to Read Superhero Comics and why

In this book, Geoff Klock presents a study of the Third Movement of superhero comic books. He avoids, at all costs, the temptation to refer to this movement as "Postmodern," "Deconstructionist," or something equally tedious.

Author: Geoff Klock

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826414182

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

View: 742

Superhero comic books are traditionally thought to have two distinct periods, two major waves of creativity: the Golden Age and the Silver Age. In simple terms, the Golden Age was the birth of the superhero proper out of the pulp novel characters of the early 1930s, and was primarily associated with the DC Comics Group. Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman are the most famous creations of this period. In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics launched a completely new line of heroes, the primary figures of the Silver Age: the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, and Daredevil. In this book, Geoff Klock presents a study of the Third Movement of superhero comic books. He avoids, at all costs, the temptation to refer to this movement as "Postmodern," "Deconstructionist," or something equally tedious. Analyzing the works of Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, and Grant Morrison among others, and taking his cue from Harold Bloom, Klock unearths the birth of self-consciousness in the superhero narrative and guides us through an intricate world of traditions, influences, nostalgia and innovations - a world where comic books do indeed become literature.

Zephyr V

Crazed Robots. Interdimensional Assassins. And a city where even the villains get a magazine shoot. Zephyr tells the story of a cynical, smart-mouthed superhero kicking ass in a world going mad around him. "I absolutely loved this book.

Author: Warren Hately

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781980946786

Category:

Page: 192

View: 233

Superheroes. Celebrities. Crazed Robots. Interdimensional Assassins. And a city where even the villains get a magazine shoot.Zephyr tells the story of a cynical, smart-mouthed superhero kicking ass in a world going mad around him. "I absolutely loved this book. The author is whip smart and dissects this genre like a surgeon" - Joe Gazzam, author of UncagedThe place is Atlantic City: a sweeping longitudinal metropolis rebuilt following widespread devastation in 1984. Superhumans are not only real, they're human. All too human, as Nietzsche would say.With his daughter getting into the business and his wife showing him the door, it's easy to wonder if Zephyr's life might be easier without his ever-growing powers and supervillains, extradimensional invasions and city-shaking calamities derailing his best efforts handling life in a celebrity-mad alternate universe where Manhattan's a mutant-infested ruin and the Beatles were a superhero team.If you love Alan Moore's Watchmen and other classics of the adult superhero genre, you'll love Zephyr because it's the freshest take yet.In Volume 5, Zephyr belatedly tracks down Loren aka Seeker to Atlantic City's grimy barrio and uncovers a sinister plot involving an addictive heroin-derivative that bestows super powers, inadvertently linked to Twilight's growing criminal empire. Meanwhile, masks across Atlantic City and the planet start dropping out of public life as British super Sting preaches spiritual Ascension in Afghanistan. Zephyr investigates as part of his search for the deadly and elusive Matrioshka, and as usual, finds more than he expects.Editorial reviews"It's a skilfully-written superhero fantasy resonant with emotion. Expect to feel your soul move as the swaggering narrator bears comic and often poignant witness to the vagaries of a life both bizarre and very like our own" --AA Attanasio, author of the Radix tetrad and The Dragon and the Unicorn series."The book deconstructs the superhero in the most entertaining, cynical and interesting ways" --Michael Ivan Lowell, The Suns of Liberty series."There are so many subtle yet brilliant liberties that Hately takes with reality that makes his world pop as a unique, fun, unpredictable sand box in which he hatches super human adventures on par with anything else on the market" --reader Greg McCubbin."Here is a brutally honest look at a superhero for a mature reader. A darkly humorous look at the strains and excesses of a hero who is past his prime" --reader Keiran Jones."I strongly recommend this book and can't wait to read the others in this inventive, entertaining series" --reader Mike Flota.

Alternative Comics

He argues that these are fundamentally a literary form and offers an extensive critical study of them both as a literary genre and as a cultural phenomenon.

Author: Charles Hatfield

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604735871

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 113

In the 1980s, a sea change occurred in comics. Fueled by Art Spiegel- man and Françoise Mouly's avant-garde anthology Raw and the launch of the Love & Rockets series by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, the decade saw a deluge of comics that were more autobiographical, emotionally realistic, and experimental than anything seen before. These alternative comics were not the scatological satires of the 1960s underground, nor were they brightly colored newspaper strips or superhero comic books. In Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature, Charles Hatfield establishes the parameters of alternative comics by closely examining long-form comics, in particular the graphic novel. He argues that these are fundamentally a literary form and offers an extensive critical study of them both as a literary genre and as a cultural phenomenon. Combining sharp-eyed readings and illustrations from particular texts with a larger understanding of the comics as an art form, this book discusses the development of specific genres, such as autobiography and history. Alternative Comics analyzes such seminal works as Spiegelman's Maus, Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories, and Justin Green's Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary. Hatfield explores how issues outside of cartooning-the marketplace, production demands, work schedules-can affect the final work. Using Hernandez's Palomar as an example, he shows how serialization may determine the way a cartoonist structures a narrative. In a close look at Maus, Binky Brown, and Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, Hatfield teases out the complications of creating biography and autobiography in a substantially visual medium, and shows how creators approach these issues in radically different ways.

The Men s Fashion Reader

M. Bongco , Reading Comics : Language , Culture and the Concept of the
Superhero in Comic Books ( New York : Garland , 2000 ) , 126 . 3. C. Levi -
Strauss , The Way of the Masks ( Seattle : University of Washington Press , 1988 )
. 4.

Author: Peter McNeil

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 531

View: 898

The Men's Fashion Reader brings together key writings in the history, culture and identity of men's fashion. The readings provide a balanced range of important methodological approaches, primary research and significant case studies. The book is organized into thematic sections covering topics such as history, theory, subculture, iconic items of clothing, consumption and the media. Each section is introduced and concludes with an annotated guide to further reading. With exciting illustrations of men's dress from a range of historical periods, and including readings from key scholars and new writers across a wide range of fields, The Men's Fashion Reader is the essential introduction to the subject. Introduction: The Field of Men's Fashion Part 1. A History of Men's Fashion Part 2. Masculinity and Sexuality Part 3. Icons: The Evolution of Men's Wear Part 4. Subculture Part 5. Consuming and Creating Style Conclusion

The deconstruction of the superhero in Watchmen

When reading Watchmen for the first time, it is highly possible that the reader
encounters aspects which he did not expect to encounter. This might include the
differences of Watchmen to other superhero comic books. Most of these
differences ...

Author: Taylor Bruhn

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668437289

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 15

View: 858

Seminar paper from the year 2016 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,0, RWTH Aachen University, language: English, abstract: This paper analyses the deconstruction of the superhero and its stereotypical features in "Watchmen". The paper assumes that the deconstruction serves as a way to show the dispensability of superheroes. The papers' thesis is therefore that the superheroes in "Watchmen" and their stereotypical features are dispensable and that a life without them is definitely possible and even desirable. In order to prove this thesis, the paper first presents a definition for stereotypical superheroes. Then, with the help of the definition, it analyses a few of the protagonists of "Watchmen" and their features with respect to their differences to other superheroes and their dispensability. In the conclusion, the results of the analysis will be summarized and a final statement about the dispensability of the superheroes and their superhero features is given.

This Is the Invincible Iron Man Level 1 Reader

Introduces the superhero Iron Man, explaining what makes him special.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781451739268

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Page:

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Peter Bagge

For fans of Peter Bagge (b. 1957) and his bracing satirical writing and drawing, this collection offers a perfect means to track how he describes his career choices, work habits, preoccupations, and comedic sensibility since the 1980s.

Author: Kent Worcester

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 162674520X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 189

For fans of Peter Bagge (b. 1957) and his bracing satirical writing and drawing, this collection offers a perfect means to track how he describes his career choices, work habits, preoccupations, and comedic sensibility since the 1980s. Featuring a new interview and much previously unavailable material, this book delivers insightful, occasionally gossipy, sometimes funny, and often tart conversations. His career has intersected with the modern history of comics, from underground comix and indie comics to comics journalism and graphic nonfiction. Bagge's detailed, garrulous, and often grotesquely funny (and discomfiting) work harks back to the underground generation, recalling Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton, while also pointing forward to the emergence of alternative comics as a distinct genre. His signature series, the rawly humorous Hate (1990-1998) and his editorship (1983-1986) of the often outrageous Weirdo magazine, founded by Crumb, established Bagge as a leading voice in alternative comics, and his rude, wildly expressive cartooning makes him a counterpoint to the still introspection of recent literary graphic novels. In his career over three decades, Bagge has left his mark on various formats and genres, as a prolific cartoonist, an accomplished musician, and a sometime essayist, editor, and animator. While his creative output encompasses autobiographical comics, graphic nonfiction, magazine illustrations, gag cartoons, minicomics, political commentary, superhero parodies, comic strips, animated videos, and one-page humor pieces, Bagge stands out for creating continuity-based graphic stories that revolve around sharply defined, over-the-top fictional characters. Libertarians know him for his comics journalism, as his graphic biography of Margaret Sanger in 2013 reaches new audiences. While some have lazily branded Bagge as a grunge-era visual satirist, his creative restlessness and expanding body of work make it difficult to confine him within any single genre, cultural niche, or historical moment.

International Journal of Comic Art

A reader of superhero comics is secretly , perhaps even without his own
knowledge , trained to be an excellent reader of Spenser . But Spenser too has
much to show us , as comic creators and critics . A reading of Britomart and Book
III ...

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ISBN:

Category: Caricatures and cartoons

Page:

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The Blair Reader

We discovered that even the superhero meets his match. Every Achilles needs a
podiatrist. Every rhapsodically handsome leader has a mistress or a moment of
moral ambiguity. We injected a dose of reality into our expectations. We even
saw ...

Author: Laurie G. Kirszner

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780134001104

Category: College readers

Page: 835

View: 710

THE BLAIR READER offers 114 essays, seven poems, and two short stories arranged thematically under ten interesting and thought-provoking topics (e.g., "Family and Memory, The Politics of Language, The American Dream," and "The Wired Revolution"). NEW FEATURES: -- Thirty-seven new selections highly-rated by faculty reviewers to encourage critical inquiry -- Photographic images with reflective thinking questions in every chapter -- End-of-chapter Internet research activities for further discovery COMPANION WEBSITE www.prenhall.com/kirszner The Companion Website provides additional chapter exercises, links, and activities that reinforce and build upon the material presented in the text. Website features include: Additional essay and short answer questions for every reading Web links that provide additional contextual information Web destinations for each essay topic

This is Spider Man Level 1 Reader

Details the life of Peter Parker, high school student, and his alter ego, Spider-Man.

Author: Thomas Macri

Publisher: Marvel

ISBN: 9781423154082

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 288

Details the life of Peter Parker, high school student, and his alter ego, Spider-Man.