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Darowski, Joseph J., ed. The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the children of the atom in changing times. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2014. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-7219-2
BibTeX citation key: Darowski2014a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "X-Men", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Darowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its “mutant metaphor,” X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship to contemporary social concerns. The essays are arranged chronologically, from an analysis of popular science at the time of the first X-Men comic book in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in light of rhetoric of President Obama’s first presidential campaign. Several spin-off X-Men titles—including Generation X, X-Statix and Academy X—are also used as source materials. Topics ranging from Communism to celebrity culture to school violence are addressed by scholars who provide new insights into one of America’s most significant popular culture products.

Table of Contents

Introduction (1)

Brad Ricca: Origin of the Species: Popular Science, Dr. Hermann Muller, and the X-Men (5)
John Darowski: “Evil Mutants Will Stop at Nothing to Gain Control of Mankind!”: Communists, X-Men, and Cold War Containment Culture (17)
Jean-Philippe Zanco: Call for Community: Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters as Hippie Community Experience (30)
Joseph J. Darowski: When Business Improved Art: The 1975 Relaunch of Marvel’s Mutant Heroes (37)
Margaret Galvan: From Kitty to Cat: Kitty Pryde and the Phases of Feminism (46)
Clancy Smith: Days of Future Past: Segregation, Oppression and Technology in X-Men and America (73)
Jacob Rennaker: “Mutant Hellspawn” or “More Human than You?”: The X-Men Respond to Televangelism (77)
Nicholas Pumphrey: From Terrorist to Tzadik: Reading Comic Books as Post-Shoah Literature in Light of Magneto’s Jewish Backstory (91)
Timothy Elliott and Robert Watkins: Sexy Art, Speculative Commerce: The X-Men #1 Launch Extravaganza (105
Gerri Mahn: Fatal Attractions: Wolverine, the Hegemonic Male, and the Crisis of Masculinity in the 1990s (116)
David Allan Duncan: Generation X: Mutants Made to Order (128)
Jeff Geers: What Happens “After Xavier”?: Millennial Fears and the Age of Apocalypse (145)
Adam Capitanio: Race and Violence From the “Clear Line School”: Bodies and the Celebrity Satire of X-Statix (153)
Christian Norman: Mutating Metaphors: Addressing the Limits of Biological Narratives of Sexuality (165)
Eric Garneau and Maura Foley: Grant Morrison’s Mutants and the Post-9/11 Culture of Fear (178)
Nicolas Labarre: From Columbine to Xavier’s: Restaging the Media Narrative as Superhero Fiction (189)
Rich Shivener: No Mutant Left Behind: Lessons from New X-Men: Academy X (203)
Todd Kimball Mack: Autism and the Astonishing X-Men (213)
Morgan B. O’Rourke and Daniel J. O’Rourke: A Prophet of Hope and Change: The Mutant Minority in the Age of Obama (223)

About the Contributors (233)
Index (236)

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