Superhero: the secret origin of a genre

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MonkeyBrain Books, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 290 pages
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An exhaustive and entertaining study of the superhero genre, Superhero: the Secret Origin of a Genre traces the roots of the superhero in mythology, science fiction, and the pulps, and follows the superhero's development to its current renaissance in film, literature, and graphic novels.

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Review: Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre

User Review  - John Carter McKnight - Goodreads

Coogan is very specific about what he sets out to do in this book adapted from his dissertation: describe the origin and evolution of the superhero as a storytelling genre. As to origins, he does a ... Read full review

Review: Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre

User Review  - Forrest - Goodreads

For those of you interested in comics, particularly of the long underwear and cape variety, this book is a superb source for understanding the conventions, tropes, and general history of the genre. Read full review


The Superhero Renaissance
The Superhero Genre
The Definition of the Superhero

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