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Ndalianis, Angela, ed. The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 2009. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-415-99176-6
BibTeX citation key: Ndalianis2009c
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Superhero
Creators: Ndalianis
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Over the last several decades, comic book superheroes have multiplied and, in the process, become more complicated. In this cutting edge anthology an international roster of contributors offer original research and writing on the contemporary comic book superhero, with occasional journeys into the film and television variation. As superheroes and their stories have grown with the audiences that consume them, their formulas, conventions, and narrative worlds have altered to follow suit, injecting new, unpredictable and more challenging characterizations that engage ravenous readers who increasingly demand more.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (xi)
Acknowledgments (xiii)

Part I: “That's the Problem with You Readers, You Know All the Plots”: Time, Genre and Narration
1. Angela Ndalianis: Comic Book Superheroes: An Introduction (3)
2. Henry Jenkins: ‘Just Men in Tights’: Rewriting Silver Age Comics in an Era of Multiplicity (16)
3. Paul Atkinson: The Time of Heroes: Narrative, Progress and Eternity in Miracleman (44)
4. Jason Bainbridge: ‘Worlds Within Worlds’: The Role of Superheroes in the Marvel and DC Universes (64)
5. Saige Walton: Baroque Mutants in the 21st Century? Re-thinking Genre through the Superhero (86)

Part II: “We act normal, mom! I want to be normal!”: Superbodies, Identities, and Fans
6. Scott Bukatman: Secret Identity Politics (109)
7. Greg M. Smith: The Superhero as Labor: The Secret Corporate Identity (126)
8. Karen Healey: When Fangirls Perform: The Gendered Fan Identity in Superhero Comics Fandom (144)
9. Clare Pitkethly: Recruiting an Amazon: The Collision of Old World Ideology and New World Identity in Wonder Woman (164)
10. Jennifer Dowling: ‘Oy Gevalt!’: A Peek at the Development of Jewish Superheroines (184)

Part III: “I'm Just a Puppet Who Can See the Strings”: Revisions, Retellings and Auteurs
11. Sallye Sheppeard: Entering the Green: Imaginal Space in Black Orchid (205)
12. Vanessa Russell: The Mild-Mannered Reporter: How Clark Kent Surpassed Superman (216)
13. Steven Zani: It's a Jungle in Here: Animal Man, Continuity Issues and the Authorial Death Drive (233)
14. Martyn Pedler: Morrison's Muscle Mystery versus Everyday Reality … and Other Parallel Worlds! (250)
15. Angela Ndalianis: Enter the Aleph: Superhero Worlds and Hypertime Realities (270)

List of Contributors (291)
Index (295)
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