Peppard, Anna F., ed. Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero. World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2020.
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4773-2160-7
BibTeX citation key: Peppard2020
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Sexuality, Superhero
Publisher: Univ. of Texas Press (Austin)
From Superman, created in 1938, to the transmedia DC and Marvel universes of today, superheroes have always been sexy. And their sexiness has always been controversial, inspiring censorship and moral panic. Yet aside from jokes and innuendo, accusations of moral depravity, and sporadic academic discourse, the topic of superhero sexuality is like superhero sexuality itself—seemingly obvious yet conspicuously absent. Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero is the first scholarly book specifically devoted to unpacking the superhero genre’s complicated relationship with sexuality.
Exploring sexual themes and imagery within mainstream comic books, television shows, and films as well as independent and explicitly pornographic productions catering to various orientations and kinks, Supersex offers a fresh—and lascivious—perspective on the superhero genre’s historical and contemporary popularity. Across fourteen essays touching on Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and many others, Anna F. Peppard and her contributors present superhero sexuality as both dangerously exciting and excitingly dangerous, encapsulating the superhero genre’s worst impulses and its most productively rebellious ones. Supersexargues that sex is at the heart of our fascination with superheroes, even—and sometimes especially—when the capes and tights stay on.
Table of Contents
II. Film, Television, and Fan Culture