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The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books [electronic resource].

By: Material type: Computer fileComputer filePublisher number: 9780786464913Publication details: Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012.ISBN:
  • 9780786490158
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Meaning of Superhero Comic BooksDDC classification:
  • 741.5/9 741.59
LOC classification:
  • PN6710 .W36 2012
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Contents:
Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction; 1. Moving Beyond the Standard Arguments; 2. The Emergence of Orality; 3. Orality and a New Medium; 4. Amplification Through Simplification; 5. The Persistence of Traditionality; 6. The Failed Attempt to Impose High Culture; 7. More Than Service to the Publishers; 8. Eternal, Self-Conscious Recurrence (or More Revision); Conclusion; Chapter Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary: For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation of the oral/traditional culture of the early 20th century superhero industry in the endless variations on Superman and shows how Frederic Wertham's anti-comic crusade in the mid-1950s helped make com
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Cover; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction; 1. Moving Beyond the Standard Arguments; 2. The Emergence of Orality; 3. Orality and a New Medium; 4. Amplification Through Simplification; 5. The Persistence of Traditionality; 6. The Failed Attempt to Impose High Culture; 7. More Than Service to the Publishers; 8. Eternal, Self-Conscious Recurrence (or More Revision); Conclusion; Chapter Notes; Works Cited; Index

For decades, scholars have been making the connection between the design of the superhero story and the mythology of the ancient folktale. Moving beyond simple comparisons and common explanations, this volume details how the workings of the superhero comics industry and the conventions of the medium have developed a culture like that of traditional epic storytelling. It chronicles the continuation of the oral/traditional culture of the early 20th century superhero industry in the endless variations on Superman and shows how Frederic Wertham's anti-comic crusade in the mid-1950s helped make com