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Darowski, Joseph J., ed. The Ages of Superman: Essays on the man of steel in changing times. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6308-4
BibTeX citation key: Darowski2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Superman", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Darowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Since Superman first appeared on the cover of Action Comics #1 in 1938, the superhero has changed with the times to remain a relevant icon of American popular culture. This collection explores the evolution of the Superman character and demonstrates how his alterations mirror historical changes in American society. Beginning with the original comic book and ending with the 2011 Grounded storyline, these essays examine Superman’s patriotic heroism during World War II, his increase in power in the early years of the Cold War, his death and resurrection at the end of the Cold War, and his recent dramatic reimagining. By looking at the many changes the Man of Steel has undergone to remain pertinent, this volume reveals as much about America as it does about the champion of Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

Table of Contents

Joseph J. Darowski: Preface (1)

Todd S. Munson: “Superman Says You Can Slap a Jap!”: The Man of Steel and Race Hatred in World War II (5)
Lori Maguire: Supervillains and Cold War Tensions in the 1950s (16)
Peter Lee: Kryptonite, Radiation, and the Birth of the Atomic Age (29)
Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia: Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain (45)
Thomas C. Donaldson: The Inflexible Girls of Steel: Subverting Second Wave Feminism in the Extended Superman Franchise (62)
Christopher B. Zeichmann: Black Like Lois: Confronting Racism, Configuring African American Presence (78)
Jason M. Latouche: Red, White and Bruised: The Vietnam War and the Weakening of Superman (91)
Paul R. Kohl: The Struggle Within: Superman’s Difficult Transition into the Age of Relevance (103)
Daniel J. O’Rourke and Morgan B. O’Rourke: “It’s Morning Again in America”: John Byrne’s Re-Imaging of the Man of Steel (115)
Jack Teiwes: The New "Man of Steel" Is a Quiche-Eating Wimp! Media Reactions to the Reimagining of Superman in the Reagan Era (125)
Michael Smith: More Human than (Super) Human: Clark Kent’s Smallville and Reagan’s America (143)
Matthew J. Smith: The “Triangle Era” of Superman: Continuity, Marketing and Grand Narratives in the 1990s (156)
Joseph J. Darowski: Searching for Meaning in “The Death of Superman” (166)
Jose Alaniz: Death, Bereavement, and the Superhero Funeral (177)
Stefan Buchenberger: Superman and the Corruption of Power (192)
Jeffrey K. Johnson: This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Comic Book Universe: The Return of the Golden Age Superman (199)
John Darowski: In a World Without Superman, What Is the American Way? (209)
Randy Duncan: Traveling Hopefully in Search of American National Identity: The “Grounded” Superman as a 21st Century Picaro (218)

About the Contributors (231)
Index (235)
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