Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero by Lee EastonSecret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero by Lee Easton

Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero

byLee Easton, Richard Harrison

Paperback | November 1, 2010

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Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the side kick are all fair game in this wide-ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero's place in a post-9/11 world and considers why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

Lee Easton is the head of the English department at Mount Royal University in Alberta. Richard Harrison is the author of both poetry and non-fiction and also teaches English at Mount Royal.
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Title:Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the SuperheroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.93 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1894987500

ISBN - 13:9781894987509

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Table of Contents

1. The First Introduction to This Book: On the Uncanny Nature of Alter Egos, or the Secret Identity of Comic Book Critics

2. Origin Issues: A Second Introduction to This Book

3. The Dark Knight Origin of the Man of Steel

4. How Comic Books Became Postmodern: A Rough Guide to the Evolution of the Comic Book Superhero Narrative

5. Modernism and the Silver Age

6. The Fantastic Paper-Man: Heroic Proportion, the Ideal Body and Me

7. Sharing a Quick Look: A Gay Man Reads His Comics

8. Grown Women's Bodies in a Young Boy's Hands: A Memoir

9. Boy Trouble: The Sidekick Problem in the Superhero Comic

10. "No! It Can't Be! I Saw You Die!" ? A First Look at Comic Book Mythology and the Return of the Dead

11. Beginning and End

11a. Beginning, Middle and Beginning Again

11b. No Ending? No Problem! Reboot, Rinse, Repeat

12. The Heroic Narrative in Crisis

13. "Crisis? What Crisis?"

14. The Death of the Secret Identity: The Graphic Novel and the Superhero Story

15. Rogers and Stark: Of Masks and Men

16. Hidden, Not Gone: The End of Death and the Return of the Secret Identity

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"It is a great relief to read a book as thoughtful, intelligent, well-informed, perceptive, and smart as Lee Easton and Richard Harrison's Secret Identity Reader.... It's a pleasure to see this kind of study done right (the word "properly" just doesn't pack the colloquial wallop it needs)." - Canadian Literature