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Peppard, Anna F., ed. Supersex: Sexuality, fantasy, and the superhero. World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4773-2160-7
BibTeX citation key: Peppard2020
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Sexuality, Superhero
Creators: Peppard
Publisher: Univ. of Texas Press (Austin)
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From Superman, created in 1938, to the transmedia DC and Marvel universes of today, superheroes have always been sexy. And their sexiness has always been controversial, inspiring censorship and moral panic. Yet aside from jokes and innuendo, accusations of moral depravity, and sporadic academic discourse, the topic of superhero sexuality is like superhero sexuality itself—seemingly obvious yet conspicuously absent. Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero is the first scholarly book specifically devoted to unpacking the superhero genre’s complicated relationship with sexuality.
Exploring sexual themes and imagery within mainstream comic books, television shows, and films as well as independent and explicitly pornographic productions catering to various orientations and kinks, Supersex offers a fresh—and lascivious—perspective on the superhero genre’s historical and contemporary popularity. Across fourteen essays touching on Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and many others, Anna F. Peppard and her contributors present superhero sexuality as both dangerously exciting and excitingly dangerous, encapsulating the superhero genre’s worst impulses and its most productively rebellious ones. Supersexargues that sex is at the heart of our fascination with superheroes, even—and sometimes especially—when the capes and tights stay on.

Table of Contents

Anna F. Peppard: Presence and Absence in Theory and Practice: Locating Supersex (1)

I. Comics
1. Richard Reynolds: Tarpé Mills’ Miss Fury: Costume, Sexuality and Power (31)
2. Matt Yockey: Superman Family Values: Supersex in the Silver Age (57)
3. J. Andrew Deman: A Storm of Passion: Sexual Agency and Symbolic Capital in the X-Men’s Storm (79)
4. Brian Johnson: Dazzler, Melodrama, and Shame: Mutant Allegory, Closeted Readers (103)
5. Sarah Panuska: ‘Super-Gay’ Gay Comix: Tracing the Underground Origins and Cultural Resonances of LGBTQ Superheroes (129)
6. Keith Friedlander: Parents, Counterpublics, and Sexual Identity in Young Avengers (151)

II. Film, Television, and Fan Culture
7. Christopher B. Zeichmann: X-Men Films and the Domestication of Dissent: Sexuality, Race, and Respectability (175)
8. Samantha Langsdale: Over the Rainbow Bridge: Female/Queer Sexuality in Marvel’s Thor Film Trilogy (199)
9. Anna F. Peppard: “No one’s going to be looking at your face”: The Female Gaze and the New (Super)Man in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (221)
10. Jeffrey A. Brown: The Visible and the Invisible: Superheroes, Pornography, and Phallic Masculinity (245)
11. Joseph Brennan: “I think that’s my favorite weapon in the whole Batcave”: Interrogating the Subversions of’s Gay Superhero Porn Parodies (265)
12. Olivia Hicks: “That’s Pussy Babe!”: Queering Supergirl’s Confessions of Power (291)
13. Anne Kustritz: Meet Stephanie Rogers, Captain America: Genderbending the Body Politic in Fan Art, Fiction, and Cosplay (317)

14. Richard Harrison: The Matter with Size (341)

Contributors (363)
Index (367)

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