Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

August 10, 2015|
Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond by José Alaniz
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The Thing. Daredevil. Captain Marvel. The Human Fly. Drawing on DC and Marvel comics from the 1950s to the 1990s and marshaling insights from three burgeoning fields of inquiry in the humanities--disability studies, death and dying studies, and comics studies--José Alaniz seeks to redefine the contemporary understanding of the superhero. Beginning in the Silver Age, the genre increasingly challenged and complicated its hypermasculine, quasi-eugenicist biases through such disabled figures as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and the Doom Patrol.

Alaniz traces how the superhero became increasingly vulnerable, ill, and mortal in this era. He then proceeds to a reinterpretation of characters and series--some familiar (Superman), some obscure (She-Thing). These genre changes reflected a wider awareness of related body issues in the postwar United States as represented by hospice, death with dignity, and disability rights movements. The persistent highlighting of the body's "imperfection" comes to forge a predominant aspect of the superheroic self. Such moves, originally part of the Silver Age strategy to stimulate sympathy, enhance psychological depth, and raise the dramatic stakes, developed further in such later series as The Human Fly, Strikeforce: Morituri, and the landmark graphic novel The Death of Captain Marvel, all examined in this volume. Death and disability, presumed routinely absent or denied in the superhero genre, emerge to form a core theme and defining function of the Silver Age and beyond.

José Alaniz is associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington-Seattle. He is author of Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond and Komiks: Comic Art in Russia, both published by University Press of Mississip...
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Title:Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:376 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:376 pages, 9 X 6 X 1 in
Published:August 10, 2015
Publisher:University Press of Mississippi
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781496804532

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