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War, politics and superheroes : ethics and propaganda in comics and film

Author: Marc Di Paolo
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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 Invisible Woman and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marc Di Paolo
ISBN: 9780786447183 0786447184
OCLC Number: 689522306
Description: xi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: Are superheroes Republicans? On The avengers, Star trek, and Watchmen --
Batman as terrorist, technocrat and feudal lord --
Wonder Woman as World War II veteran, feminist icon, and sex symbol --
Spider-Man as Benedict Arnold, objectivist, and class warrior --
The punisher as murderous immigration officer and Vietnam War veteran --
Superman vs. Ronald Reagan and the Ku Klux Klan --
The special relationship : Britain and America in James Bond, Doctor Who, and Hellblazer --
Tortured consciences : Jack Bauer, The Invisible Woman, and George W. Bush's America --
Gay rights, civil rights, and Nazism in the X-Men universe --
In brightest day, in darkest knight : President Obama vs. The zombie apocalypse.
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"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 Invisible Woman and the X-Men, and topics covered include American wars, conflicts, and public policy"--Provided by publisher.

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