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Brownie, Barbara and Danny Graydon. The Superhero Costume: Identity and Disguise in Fact and Fiction. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Brownie2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Mask, Superhero
Creators: Brownie, Graydon
Publisher: Bloomsbury (New York)
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Costume defines the superhero, disguising and distinguishing him or her from the civilian alter ego. The often garish garb expresses a hero’s otherness and empowers its wearers to seek a primal form of justice.
This book provides the first interdisciplinary analysis of the superhero costume and investigates wide-ranging issues such as identity, otherness, ritual dress and disguise. Analysis focuses on the implications of wearing superhero costume, exploring interpretations of the costumed hero and the extent to which the costume defines his or her role. Using examples across various media (comic books, film, and television) with case studies including The X-Men, Watchmen, real-life superheroes such as Phoenix Jones and Pussy Riot, and audience activities such as cosplay, The Superhero Costume presents new perspectives on the increasingly popular genre.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations (x)

Introduction (1)

Part 1: Origins and Evolution (9)

1. Superman: Codifying the superhero wardrobe (11)
Physical labour and the construction of masculinity (12)
Performance in combat (15)
The costume as biography (17)
Superman the brand (19)
The archetype and his imitators (23)

2. Identity, role and the mask (27)
The mask and issues of identity (27)
The identity of the mask (29)
Power, authority and the privileged few (31)
Face-ism (33)
How dress defines role (34)
The deceit of the masquerade (37)

3. Evolution and adaptation: Form versus function (41)
“Sucked Into silliness” (41)
Real-life references: The historical and the sporting (43)
Technology and utility (44)
The pursuit of credibility: Hyperrealism and assemblage (49)
The decline of the costume (51)

Part 2: Identities and Ideals (53)

4. Wearing the flag: Patriotism and globalization (55)
Stars and stripes … and spandex (56)
Conflicted identities: Nation versus race (61)
Exoticism and primitivism in Batman Incorporated (64)

5. Dressing up, dressing down: A spectacle of otherness, and the ordinariness of the civilian alter-ego (69)
Performing ordinariness (71)
Playing to the reader (73)
Unmasking Clark Kent (75)
Self-objectification (78)
Method in the masquerade (79)

6. Channelling the beast (83)
Physiognomy and anthrozoomorphism (84)
The bird men (89)
Ritual and the animal spirit (90)

Part 3: Harsh Realities (95)

7. Superheroes and the fashion of being unfashionable (97)
Fashion outsiders (98)
The gender divide (100)
The cycle of superhero fashion (102)
Evolution into eternity (105)

8. Superhero cosplay (109)
Participatory fandom/imaginative reconstruction (110)
“I’m your biggest fan”: Competition and authenticity (112)
Spectatorship and the cosplay spectacle (115)
Sewing and making: Masculinity and manufacture (118)

9. Real-life superheroes (121)
Masked vigilantes and the reality of costumes (122)
Masks and manifestos (126)
Parent power (130)

Part 4: Case Studies (135)

Introduction to case studies (137)

10. Watchmen (139)
Deconstructing the costume (139)
Men without humanity (139)
Masks without men (141)

11. Iron Man (145)
Who is Iron Man? (145)
Automated dressing (147)
The hyper-abled hero (148)

12. X-Men (151)
Uniforms and unity (151)
The yellow “X”: Marking the mutant “Other” (153)

Notes (155)
Bibliography (159)
Index (171)

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