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Brode, Douglas, ed. The DC Comics Universe: Critical essays. Jefferson: McFarland, 2022. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4766-8737-7
BibTeX citation key: Brode2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, DC, Intermediality, Superhero, USA
Creators: Brode
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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As properties of DC comics continue to sprout over the years, narratives that were once kept sacrosanct now spill over into one another, synergizing into one bona fide creative Universe. Intended for both professional pop culture researchers and general interest readers, this collection of essays covers DC Universe multimedia, including graphic novels, video games, movies and TV shows. Each essay is written by a recognized pop culture expert offering a distinct perspective on a wide variety of topics. Even though many of the entries address important social themes like gender and racism, the book is not limited to these topics. Also included are more lighthearted essays for full verisimilitude, including analyses of long forgotten or seemingly marginal aspects of the DC Extended Universe, as well as in-depth and original interpretations of the most beloved characters and their relationships to one another. Highly accessible and approachable, this work provides previously unavailable in-roads that create a richer comprehension of the ever-expanding DC Universe.

Table of Contents

Douglas Brode: Introduction: Superman, DC Comics, and the Lure of the Fantastic (1)
Emily Lauer: Super Immigrants in the DC Universe: Superman and Wonder Woman in the United States (15)
Cyrus R.K. Patell: Deconstructing Batman, Encumbered and Unencumbered (25)
Micah McCrary: Queer(ing) Robin: Performances of Sexuality in Dick Grayson and His Aliases (42)
Ora C. McWilliams: Constructed Super Families: Superheroes, ­­Super-Kids, and ­­Super-Pets (54)
Michelle D. Miranda: From Sherlock Holmes to Contemporary Superheroes: The Art of Detection and Investigation in the DC Universe (65)
Carl Wilson: Of Selina Kyle and Harley Quinn: Branding and Controlling Women in Batman Video Games (77)
Katherine Pradt: Shipping Supergirl: Discovering and Defending Lesbian Identity Through a DC Fandom (89)
Hafsa Alkhudairi: Batgirl of Burnside: The Normalization of Diversity in the DC Universe (100)
William Battle: From Boy to Man: The Power of Shazam and Idealized Self-Image (110)
Garret L. Castleberry: The Cultural Context of Green Lantern: Superhero Commodity Rebirth, Renewal, and Rhetorical Extensions (122)
Joseph S. Walker: Teleporting Off the Page: The Wacky Life and Truncated Career of Ambush Bug (136)
Jeffrey Mccambridge: Ratoon, Remontant, Revenant, or Recorporation: Death, Melancholy, and Mourning in DC’s The Saga of the Swamp Thing (146)
Carl B. Sell: Aquaman Rex: The Arthurian Associations of a DC Superhero (158)
Priel Cohanim: Bound to the Shackles of History: Reading Archival Practices in DC Comics’ Flashpoint (170)
Douglas Brode: DC’s King of the Wild Frontier: Tomahawk and the Tradition of the Eastern–Western (180)
Joshua Ryan Roeder: DC Comics’ Renaissance: An Examination of the Audience for The New Teen Titans (191)
Jeffrey Mccambridge: “A vision of the world where all wisdom is annihilated”; Time, Narrative, and the Optics of Power in Watchmen (201)
Scott Manning: Wonder Woman Revisited: Increasing the Drama with Classical Reception in New 52’s Justice League (214)
Michelle D. Miranda: Evil Ink: Tattoos as a Sign of Villainy in Comics (225)
Christina M. Knopf: Caped Crusaders and Cartoon Crossovers: A Nostalgic Look “Beyond” DC Superheroes (236)

About the Contributors (247)
Index (251)

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