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Kashtan, Aaron. "Change the cover: Superhero fan identity in an age of diversification." Journal of Fandom Studies 6.(2018): 243–61. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1386/jfs.6.3.243_1
BibTeX citation key: Kashtan2018a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Fandom, Intersectionality, Superhero, USA
Creators: Kashtan
Collection: Journal of Fandom Studies
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Long dominated by straight white male fans, superhero comics fandom has recently grown more diverse and inclusive. As with other fan communities like science fiction and gaming, this diversification has led to a backlash from enfranchised fans who are angry at losing their dominant position. Focusing on three controversies surrounding three comic book covers that were accused of sexism, this article analyses the ongoing debate between ‘traditional’ and ‘progressive’ superhero fans. I argue that this debate – like the Gamergate and Sad Puppies controversies, but in significantly different ways – is a microcosm of larger divisions within American society.
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