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

"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...

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Main Author: Di Paolo, Marc.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.
Physical Description: xi, 330 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Table of 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.