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Worcester, Kent. A Cultural History of The Punisher: Marvel comics and the politics of vengeance. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books, 2023. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781789388459
BibTeX citation key: Worcester2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: "The Punisher", Politics, Superhero, USA
Creators: Worcester
Publisher: Intellect Books (Bristol, Chicago)
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If the Punisher became a valuable piece of intellectual property during the closing decades of the twentieth century, he has become a global icon in the twenty-first. In this pathbreaking study, Kent Worcester explores the sometimes ridiculous and often socially resonate storyverse of the most famous rageaholic in popular culture: Frank Castle, aka the Punisher.
Worcester pays particular attention to nearly five decades' worth of punishment-themed comics and graphic novels published between the 1970s and the present day. These texts provide the material resources for a close reading of the Punisher's distinctive and extreme form of justice discourse. Punishment, after all, is a political and social construct. Violence does not imply or claim legitimacy. Punishment does. To talk about punishment is to ask who deserves to be punished, who decides who deserves to be punished, and what form the punishment should take. All costumed heroes have their political moments; the Punisher is political.
Frank Castle inhabits the most politically engaged corner of the entire Marvel Universe. His adventures should attract our interest for precisely this reason.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (vii)
Preface (ix)
Introduction (1)
1. Trauma Culture (29)
2. Trigger Happy, or Grim and Gritty (64)
3. The Universe Pushes Back (97)
4. Negative Dialectics (134)
5. The Narratological Impasse (169)
6. From Print to Screen to Icon (202)
Conclusion: Those Who Need Hurting (235)

Appendix (245)
Bibliography (249)
Index (257)

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