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Bock, Anke Marie. Superevil: Villains in silver age superhero comics. Berlin: Logos, 2023. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-8325-5693-8
BibTeX citation key: Bock2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: Ethics, Superhero, USA
Creators: Bock
Publisher: Logos (Berlin)
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Superevil: Villains in Silver Age Superhero Comics sheds light on the often-disregarded supervillains in the American superhero comic of the 1960s. From Loki to Killmonger – they all possess famous cinematic counterparts, yet it is their comic origin that this study examines. Not only did The Silver Age produce countless superheroes and supervillains who have conquered the screens in the last two decades, but it also created complex villains. Silver Age supervillains were, as the analyses in Superevil show, the main and only means to include political and societal criticism in a cultural product, which suffered from censorship and belittlement. Instead of focusing on the superheroes once more, Anke Marie Bock pioneers in putting the supervillain as such in the center of the attention. In addition to addressing the tendency to neglect villains in superhero-comic studies, revealing many important functions the supervillains fulfill, among them criticizing Cold War politics, racism, gender roles and the often unquestioned binary of good and evil on the examples of i.a. The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and Black Panther comics.
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