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Author Johnson, Jeffrey K., 1972-
Title Super-history : comic book superheroes and American society, 1938 to the present / Jeffrey K. Johnson.
Published Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c2012.
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Description x, 220 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents We need a hero: New Deal social avengers and vigilantes (1938-1940) -- World War II and super-patriots (1941-1945) -- The nuclear era (1945-1989) -- The postwar 1940s and 1950s: supernormal (1946-1959) -- Counterculture heroes (1960-1969) -- The American malaise (1970-1979) -- Super-conservatives and neo-cowboys (1980-1989) -- Searching for a new direction (1990-1999) -- Decade of fear (2000-2009).
Summary "As a form of popular literature, superhero narratives have closely mirrored and molded social trends and changes, influencing and reflecting political, social, and cultural events. This study provides a decade by decade chronicle of American history from 1938 to 2010 through the lens of superhero comics"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- United States.
Superheroes in literature.
Graphic novels.
ISBN 9780786465644 (softcover : alk. paper)
0786465646 (softcover : alk. paper)
OCLC number 761369290