Caped Crusaders 101
Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed.
About the Book
This updated and expanded textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics’ varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. New to this edition, an additional chapter explores how the deaths of Captain America, Superman and Batman offer insightful commentary on the nature of heroism. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion.
Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
About the Author(s)
Jeffrey Kahan and Stanley Stewart
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2010
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why Comics Can Save Us from Illiteracy 1
1. Black Heroes for Hire: Serializing Social Construction in the Comics 7
2. Comic Books, Cold Wars, and Desert Storms 36
3. Spider-Man and Corporate Responsibility 66
4. The Comic Book Code and American F-agg 92
5. Dr. Strange, or, How I Learned to Love Metaphysics 127
6. 9/11 and the Man Without Fear 149
7. Comics and the Prison System 177
8. Killing Off the Hero 203
Coda: Our Heroes, Ourselves 223
Chapter Notes 229
Book Reviews & Awards
Reviews of the first edition: “highly recommended, valuable”—SFRA Review; “this book needs to be on every comic book collector’s book shelves…detailed…a great read, an essential comic…highly recommend[ed]”—Jaxma Online; “interesting and worthwhile”—The Compulsive Reader; “an amazing piece of analysis”—Curledup.com.