Chandra, Nandini: "The Prehistory of the Superhero Comics in India (1976–1986)." In: Thesis Eleven 113.1 (2012), S. 57–77.
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Keywords: India, Nationalism, Politics, Superhero
Collection: Thesis Eleven
The world of the Hindi heroes of the 1970s, while decked in battle gear, largely belonged to the official state apparatus, either as members of vigilante self-defence squads – of which Bahadur was a pioneer – or bonafide members of the police force, like Inspector Vikram. The costumed superhero only emerged at the end of the Nehruvian period, gradually coming to defy its signature science and rationality. My article seeks to explore questions of the political economy of the superhero genre and the affective valences of the supernatural in imaging/negotiating the national and transnational, through this conjunctural moment of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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