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Darowski, Joseph J., ed. The Ages of the Avengers: Essays on the earth’s mightiest heroes in changing times. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2014. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-7458-5
BibTeX citation key: Darowski2014b
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Avengers", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Darowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Comic book audience expectations have fluctuated dramatically through the years, and comic book creators have had to adapt to shifting reader concerns. One of Marvel Comic’s most popular franchises for five decades, the Avengers have always been reflective of their times, having adapted to an evolving readership to remain relevant.
This collection of fresh essays by popular culture scholars examines Avengers story lines such as the Korvac Saga, Civil War, and Secret Invasion, and scrutinizes key characters including the Black Panther and Hank Pym. Essays explore how real-world events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, and 9/11 influenced popular entertainment in America.

Table of Contents

Joseph J. Darowski: Preface (1)

Liam Webb: The Cuban Missile Crisis in Four Colors: "The Avengers Meet … ‘Sub-Mariner’!" as an Allegory to Armageddon (5)
Lori Maguire: “The Avengers always stand ready to do their part”: The Avengers and the Vietnam War (12)
Paul R. Kohl: “The Kree-Skrull War” and the Growth of Uncertainty in the Cold War Era (25)
Jason Sacks: Earth’s Mightiest (Dysfunctional) Family: The Evolution of The Avengers Under Jim Shooter (31)
Nathan Gibbard: Madonna’s Birth and God’s Death: Marvel Comics, the Death of God Movement, and the Religious Climate of the 1970s (45)
Giacomo Matteo Miniussi: “The Korvac Saga”: Exiles from Reason and Fragments of a Contemporary Mythology (56)
Peter W. Lee: Stung by Stigmatization: Yellowjacket and Wasp Dis/Reassembled in the Age of Reagan (65)
Jason LaTouche: Everything Old Is New Again: Figuring Out Who the Enemy Is in the 1980s (79)
John Darowski: The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and America’s Post-Cold War Identity Crisis (92)
Todd Steven Burroughs: The Spy King: How Christopher Priest’s Version of the Black Panther Shook Up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (103)
Morgan B. O’Rourke: The Ultimates as Superheroes in the Age of Social Media and Celebrity (120)
Jose Alaniz: “No!” Great Lakes Avengers and the Uses of Enfreakment (139)
Mark Edlitz: The Uncivil Debate Within Marvel’s Civil War (155)
Dyfrig Jones: Islamic Invaders: Secret Invasion and the Post-9/11 World of Marvel (165)
Joseph J. Darowski: “The one with the kids on the island”: Avengers Arena and Teenage Dystopian Fiction (178)

About the Contributors (189)
Index (193)

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