Gavaler, Chris: "The Ku Klux Klan and the birth of the superhero." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.2 (2013), S. 191–208.
Added by: joachim (2013-02-21 11:19) Last edited by: joachim (2015-08-22 07:10)
|Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Gavaler2013
Email resource to friend
View all bibliographic details
Keywords: Critique of ideology, Ethnicity, Intertextuality, Literature, Superhero, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Thomas Dixon Jr’s Ben Cameron, aka the Grand Dragon, represents the earliest twentieth-century incarnation of an American vigilante hero who assumes a costume and alias to hide his identity while waging his war for good – the formula adopted most famously by Siegel and Shuster for Superman. Dixon did not invent the figure of the costumed superhero; but the character type – as traced from The Clansman through The Birth of a Nation and the second Klan to pulp fiction and early comic books – is dependent on Dixon’s vision. The superhero, despite the character’s evolution into a champion of the oppressed, originated from an oppressive, racist impulse in American culture, and the formula codifies an ethics of vigilante extremism that still contradicts the superhero’s purported social mission.
PHP execution time: 0.04754 s
SQL execution time: 0.12480 s
TPL rendering time: 0.00181 s
Total elapsed time: 0.17415 s
Peak memory usage: 1.2995 MB
Memory at close: 1.2485 MB
Database queries: 67