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Easton, Lee and Richard Harrison. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on sex, death and the superhero. Hamilton: Wolsak and Wynn, 2010. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1894987500
BibTeX citation key: Easton2010
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Superhero
Creators: Easton, Harrison
Publisher: Wolsak and Wynn (Hamilton)
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Comic book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the sidekick are all fair game in this wide-ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero’s place in a post 9/11 world and ponders why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

Table of Contents

Lee Easton: The First Introduction to This Book: On the Uncanny Nature of Alter Egos, or the Secret Identity of Comic Book Critics
Richard Harrison: Origin Issues: A Second Introduction to This Book

Richard Harrison: The Dark Knight Origin of the Man of Steel
Lee Easton: How Comic Books Became Postmodern: A Rough Guide to the Evolution of the Comic Book Superhero Narrative
Richard Harrison: Modernism and the Silver Age
Richard Harrison: The Fantastic Paper-Man: Heroic Proportion, The Ideal Body And Me
Lee Easton: Sharing a Quick Look: A Gay Man Reads his Comics
Richard Harrison: Grown Women’s Bodies in a Young Boy's Hands: A Memoir
Lee Easton: Boy Trouble: The Sidekick Problem in the Superhero Comic
Richard Harrison: “No! It Can’t Be! I Saw You Die!” – A First Look at Comic Book Mythology and the Return of the Dead
Lee Easton and Richard Harrison: Beginning and End
Richard Harrison: Beginning, Middle and Beginning Again
Lee Easton: No Endings? No Problem! Reboot, Rinse, Repeat
Richard Harrison: The Heroic Narrative in Crisis
Lee Easton: “Crisis? What Crisis?”
Richard Harrison: The Death of the Secret Identity: The Graphic Novel and the Superhero Story
Lee Easton: Rogers and Stark: Of Masks and Men
Richard Harrison: Hidden, Not Gone: The End of Death and the Return of the Secret Identity

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