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McGarry, Cormac, et al., eds. Superheroes Beyond. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2024. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781496850096
BibTeX citation key: McGarry2024
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Superhero
Creators: Burke, Gordon, McGarry, Ndalianis
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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In recent years, superheroes on the page and screen have garnered increasing research and wider interest. Nonetheless, many works fall back on familiar examples before arriving at predictable conclusions. Superheroes Beyond moves superhero research beyond expected examples. In this innovative collection, contributors unmask international crimefighters, track superheroes outside of the comic book page, and explore heroes whose secret identities are not cisgender men. Superheroes Beyond responds to the growing interest in understanding the unique appeal of superheroes by reveling in the diversity of this heroic type.
Superheroes Beyond explores the complexity and cultural reach of the superhero in three sections. The first, “Beyond Men of Steel,” examines how the archetype has moved beyond simply recapitulating the “man of steel” figure to include broader representations of race, gender, sexuality, and ableness. The second section, “Beyond Comic Books,” discusses how the superhero has become a transmedia phenomenon, moving from comic books to toys to cinema screens and beyond. The final section, “Beyond the United States,” highlights the vibrant but often overlooked history of global superhero figures. Together, the essays in this collection form important starting points for taking stock of the superhero’s far-reaching appeal, contributing the critical conversations required to bring scholarship into the present moment and beyond.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Planetary Superheroes as Collective Daydream (Frederick Luis Aldama)
Introduction (Cormac McGarry)

Section 1: Beyond Men of Steel
Introduction: Beyond Men of Steel (Angela Ndalianis)
Chapter 1: All New, All Different, or No Normal?: Marvel Comics and Superhero Diversity (Naja Later)
Chapter 2: The Heart of a Hero: Disability and Humanity in the Origin Stories of Marvel Studios’ Superheroes (Alexandra Ostrowski Schilling)
Chapter 3: Monstrosity, Mutation, and the World without Us (Octavia Cade)
Chapter 4: Midnight’s Children and The Fortress of Solitude as Superhero Origin Stories (Julian Novitz)
Chapter 5: African American Viewers Watching Black Panther: The Power of Representation (Sheena C. Howard)

Section 2: Beyond Comic Books
Introduction: Beyond Comic Books (Ian Gordon)
Chapter 6: Animating Sub-Mariner and Aquaman: Generational Taste and the Moral Panic of the 1968 Television Season (Djoymi Baker)
Chapter 7: The Toy Biz of Superheroes: Superhero Action Figures (Jason Bainbridge)
Chapter 8: From Comic Books to Courtroom: Unmasking the Intellectual Property behind the Superhero (Mitchell Adams)
Chapter 9: Capes, Tights, and Motherships: Superheroes and New Transmedia Star Systems (Cormac McGarry)
Chapter 10: Super Fans or Toxic Madmen?: Fantasy, Reality, and Marginalized Identities in Subversive “DIY Superhero” Indie Films (Jack Teiwes)

Section 3: Beyond the United States
Introduction: Beyond the United States (Liam Burke)
Chapter 11: We Need Another Hero: The Incompatibility of Superheroes and Australia (Liam Burke)
Chapter 12: Without Seeing the Dawn: Monstrous (Super)Heroes and Philippine Myths in Mervin Malonzo’s Tabi Po (Maria Lorena M. Santos)
Chapter 13: Is There a Colombian National Superhero?: How Colombian Superheroes Help Define Ethnicity and Race in a Multicultural Society (Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed and Hernan David Espinosa-Medina)
Chapter 14: Where Does Black Panther’s Music Come From? Authorship, “the Other,” and the Musical Representation of Africa in Hollywood (Dan Golding)
Chapter 15: The Phantom in Aboriginal Australia: Educational Comics, National Identity, and Indigeneity (Aaron Humphrey)

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