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The superhero symbol : media, culture, and politics

Author: Liam Burke; Ian Gordon; Angela Ndalianis
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""As a man, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting". In the 2005 reboot of the then dormant Batman film franchise, Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne articulates how the figure of the superhero can serve as a transcendent icon. It is hard to imagine a time when superheroes have been more pervasive in our culture. Today,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Liam Burke; Ian Gordon; Angela Ndalianis
ISBN: 9780813597171 081359717X 9780813597164 0813597161
OCLC Number: 1099946513
Description: vi, 327 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: “Everlasting” Symbols: Unmasking superheroes and their shifting symbolic function, Liam Burke --
Part 1: Superheroes, Politics, and Civic Engagement --
“What Else Can You Do With Them?”: Superheroes and the Civic Imagination / Henry Jenkins --
“America Is A Piece of Trash”: Captain America, Patriotism, Nationalism, and Fascism / Neal Curtis --
“This Land is Mine!” Understanding the Function of Supervillains / Jason Bainbridge --
Interview 1: Comics artist, writer, and "herstorian" / Trina Robbins --
Part 2: The Superhero as a Brand --
The Secret Commercial Identity of Superheroes: Protecting the Superhero Symbol / Mitchell Adams --
Siegel and Shuster as Brand Name / Ian Gordon --
Practicing Superhuman Law: Creative License, Industrial Identity, and Spider-Man’s Homecoming / Tara Lomax --
The sound of the cinematic superhero / Dan Golding --
Interview 2: Former President of DC Entertainment / Diane Nelson --
Part 3: Becoming the Superhero --
Arkham Knave: The Joker in Game Design / Steven Conway --
Being Super, Becoming Heroes: Dialogic Superhero Narratives in Cosplay Collectives / Claire Langsford --
“From Pages to Pavements”: A Criminological Comparison Between Depictions of Crime Control in Superhero Narratives and “Real-Life Superhero” Activity / Vladislav Iouchkov and John McGuire. --
Interview 3: Dark Night: A True Batman Story writer Paul Dini --
Part 4: Superheroes and National Identity --
Captain America, National Narratives, and the Queer Subversion of the Retcon / Naja Later --
Apes, Angels, and Super Patriots: The Irish in Superhero Comics / Liam Burke --
Missing in Action: The Late Development of the German-Speaking Superhero / Paul M. Malone --
Chinese Milk for Iron Men: Superhero Coproductions and Technological Anxiety / Shan Mu Zhao --
Age of the Atoman: Australian Superhero Comics and Cold War Modernity / Kevin Patrick --
Interview 4: Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen and star Hunter Page-Lochard
Responsibility: edited by Liam Burke, Ian Gordon, and Angela Ndalianis.

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Bringing together superhero scholars from a range of disciplines, alongside key industry figures, The Superhero Symbol provides fresh perspectives on how characters like Captain America, Iron Man,  Read more...

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