Comic Book Superheroes and American Society, 1938 to the Present
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About the Book
In the less than eight decades since Superman’s debut in 1938, comic book superheroes have become an indispensable part of American society and the nation’s dominant mythology. They represent America’s hopes, dreams, fears, and needs. As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored trends and events in the nation. This study views American history from 1938 to 2010 through the lens of superhero comics, revealing the spandex-clad guardians to be not only fictional characters but barometers of the place and time in which they reside.
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About the Author(s)
Jeffrey K. Johnson, a World War II historian for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, is the author of several books and articles.
Jeffrey K. Johnson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 26 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
Table of Contents
1: We Need a Hero: New Deal Social Avengers and Vigilantes (1938–1940) 7
2: World War II and Super-Patriots (1941–1945) 29
3: The Nuclear Era (1945–1989) 49
4: The Postwar 1940s and 1950s: Supernormal (1946–1959) 69
5: Counterculture Heroes (1960–1969) 86
6: The American Malaise (1970–1979) 101
7: Super-Conservatives and Neo-Cowboys (1980–1989) 125
8: Searching for a New Direction (1990–1999) 150
9: Decade of Fear (2000–2009) 170