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The ages of Superman : essays on the Man of Steel in changing times

Author: Joseph J Darowski
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2012.
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"Ever since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society"--Provided by publisher.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph J Darowski
ISBN: 9780786463084 0786463082
OCLC Number: 757462019
Description: vi, 239 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Superman says you can slap a Jap!" : The Man of Steel and race hatred in World War II / Todd S. Munson --
Supervillains and Cold War tensions in the 1950s / Lori Maguire --
Kryptonite, radiation, and the birth of the Atomic Age / Peter Lee --
Truth, justice, and the American way in Franco's Spain / Louie Dean Valencia-García --
The inflexible girls of steel : subverting second wave feminism in the extended Superman franchise / Thomas C. Donaldson --
Black like Lois : confronting racism, configuring African American presence / Christopher B. Zeichmann --
Red, white, and bruised : the Vietnam War and the weakening of Superman / Jason M. LaTouche --
The struggle within : Superman's difficult transition into the age of relevance / Paul R. Kohl --
"It's morning again in America" : John Byrne's re-imaging of the Man of Steel / Daniel J. O'Rourke and Morgan B. O'Rourke --
The new "Man of Steel" is a quiche-eating wimp! Media reactions to the reimagining of Superman in the Reagan era / Jack Teiwes --
More human than (Super) human : Clark Kent's Smallville and Reagan's America / Michael Smith --
The "Triangle Era" of Superman : continuity, marketing, and grand narratives in the 1990s / Matthew J. Smith --
Searching for meaning in "The death of Superman" / Joseph J. Darowski --
Death, Bereavement, and the superhero funeral / José Alaniz --
Superman and the corruption of power / Stefan Buchenberger --
This isn't your grandfather's comic book universe : the return of the Golden Age Superman / Jeffrey K. Johnson --
In a world without Superman, what is the American way? / John Darowski --
Traveling hopefully in search of American national identity : the "grounded" Superman as a 21st century Picaro / Randy Duncan.
Responsibility: edited by Joseph J. Darowski.

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"Ever since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society"--Provided by publisher.

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