Reichstein, Andreas: "Batman—An American Mr. Hyde?" In: Amerikastudien 43.2 (1998), S. 329–350.
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Keywords: "Batman", Intertextuality, Literature, Stevenson. Robert Louis, Superhero, USA
Over the past years, comic-book characters as part of popular culture have increasingly drawn the attention of the academic world. Throughout the complex history of comic books, one figure has survived for nearly sixty years and has achieved a special cult status: Batman. This article not only tries to analyze this creation by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, but also compares Batman to a literary figure of prominence: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. This comparison goes beyond the obvious similarity that the two fictional characters—Bruce Wayne and Dr. Jekyll—both lead a double life and change into an alter ego by night. On the various levels of literary criticism, history, psychoanalyis, and religion, this article tries to probe into the basic traits of these two figures and to find out how much more the two have in common.
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