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Benson, Josef and Doug Singsen. Bandits, Misfits, and Superheroes: Whiteness and its borderlands in american comics and graphic novels. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2022. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781496838339
BibTeX citation key: Benson2022
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Categories: General
Keywords: Ethnicity, USA
Creators: Benson, Singsen
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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American comics from the start have reflected the white supremacist culture out of which they arose. Superheroes and comic books in general are products of whiteness, and both signal and hide its presence. Even when comics creators and publishers sought to advance an antiracist agenda, their attempts were often undermined by a lack of awareness of their own whiteness and the ideological baggage that goes along with it. Even the most celebrated figures of the industry, such as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Jack Jackson, William Gaines, Stan Lee, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, and Frank Miller, have not been able to distance themselves from the problematic racism embedded in their narratives despite their intentions or explanations.
Bandits, Misfits, and Superheroes: Whiteness and Its Borderlands in American Comics and Graphic Novels provides a sober assessment of these creators and their role in perpetuating racism throughout the history of comics. Josef Benson and Doug Singsen identify how whiteness has been defined, transformed, and occasionally undermined over the course of eighty years in comics and in many genres, including westerns, horror, crime, funny animal, underground comix, autobiography, literary fiction, and historical fiction. This exciting and groundbreaking book assesses industry giants, highlights some of the most important episodes in American comic book history, and demonstrates how they relate to one another and form a larger pattern, in unexpected and surprising ways.

Table of Contents

1. Race and racism in the birth of the superhero
2. The Southern outlaw and the white Indian in Western comics
3. Colonialism and primitivism in US Comics
4. Civil rights and the limits of liberalism
5. Robert Crumb’s cathartic racism
6. Jewish exceptionalism and assimilation in the 1970s and 1980s
7. Racial borderlands in alternative comics
8. The deconstruction of the white superhero in Watchmen
9. Frank Miller’s hyper masculine whiteness and the defense of Western culture
10. Reskinning narratives: taking off the mask


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