The Amazing Transforming Superhero!: Essays on the Revision of Characters in Comic Books, Film and Television

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Terrence R. Wandtke
McFarland, May 22, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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This collection of essays analyzes the many ways in which comic book and film superheroes have been revised or rewritten in response to changes in real-world politics, social mores, and popular culture. Among many topics covered are the jingoistic origin of Captain America in the wake of the McCarthy hearings, the post-World War II fantasy-feminist role of Wonder Woman, and the Nietzschean influences on the "sidekick revolt" in the 2004 film The Incredibles.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
5
Superheroes in the Golden and Silver Ages
33
Superheroes in the Modern Age
85
Superheroes in the MultiMedia Age
149
Afterword
231
About the Contributors
237
Index
241
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Terrence R. Wandtke is a professor of literature and media studies at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches classes in comic books, graphic novels, visual art, and new media. He is the founder and director of the Imago Film Festival.

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