War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda in Comics and Film

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 342 pages
Superhero adventure comics have a long history of commenting upon American public opinion and government policy, and the surge in the popularity of comics since the events of September 11, 2001, ensures their continued relevance. This critical text examines the seventy-year history of comic book superheroes on film and in comic books and their reflections of the politics of their time. Superheroes addressed include Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Superman, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
11
One Batman as Terrorist Technocrat and Feudal Lord
49
Two Wonder Woman as World War II Veteran Feminist Icon and Sex Symbol
70
Three SpiderMan as Benedict Arnold Objectivist and Class Warrior
92
Four The Punisher as Murderous Immigration Officer and Vietnam War Veteran
115
Five Superman vs Ronald Reagan and the Ku Klux Klan
138
Six The Special Relationship
169
Seven Tortured Consciences
196
Eight Gay Rights Civil Rights and Nazism in the XMen Universe
219
Nine In Brightest Day in Darkest Knight
248
Chapter Notes
279
Bibliography
299
Index
317
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About the author (2014)

Marc DiPaolo is an assistant professor of English at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He has written books on Jane Austen and on environmentalist science fiction and fantasy. DiPaolo has been interviewed on NPR, BBC4, and appeared in the AMC documentary Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics.

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