Comic Book Character: Unleashing the Hero in Us All

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InterVarsity Press, 2004 - Humor - 160 pages
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Exploring the complex personas of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the X-Men and others, Zimmerman unveils their cultural significance as models of moral character, virtue and heroism.
  

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User Review  - Daryl - Goodreads

Based on the title and cover, I thought this book might be about characters in comic books. No, it's about developing one's own character through experience of reading comics. Sort of. Mostly it's ... Read full review

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Contents

We Could Be Heroes
9
LET THE WEAK SAY I AM STRONG SpiderMan Superman the Incredible Hulk
19
VENGEANCE IS MINE Batman the Joker the Punisher
31
Heroes in the Hands of a Professional
40
YOU CANNOT SEE MY FACE Costumes Secret Identities
45
EVERYONE WAS BEATIFUL NOTHING HURT Body Image Agelessness Death
58
GOD LOVES MAN KILLS Gender Race the XMen
69
Superheroes Grownup Fanboys
81
GODS WALK THE EARTH Demigods Daredevil the Problem of Religion
104
EVIL IS AS EVIL DOES Lex Luthor Magneto Galactus
113
HOLY CASE STUDY Superman Versus Jesus
125
Becoming Super
135
How to Read a Comic Book
143
Acknowledgments
149
Notes
152
Index of Characters
158

MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE Captain America the Truth
86
MIGHT MAKES RIGHT The Justice League Meets the Avengers
95

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About the author (2004)

David A. Zimmerman is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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