Comic Book Crime

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Comic Book Crime

Superman, Batman, Daredevil, and Wonder Woman are iconic cultural figures that embody values of order, fairness, justice, and retribution. Comic Book Crime digs deep into these and other celebrated characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of crime and justice in contemporary American comic books. This is a world where justice is delivered, where heroes save ordinary citizens from certain doom, where evil is easily identified and thwarted by powers far greater than mere mortals could possess. Nickie Phillips and Staci Strobl explore these representations and show that comic books, as a historically important American cultural medium, participate in both reflecting and shaping an American ideological identity that is often focused on ideas of the apocalypse, utopia, retribution, and nationalism. Through an analysis of approximately 200 comic books sold from 2002 to 2010, as well as several years of immersion in comic book fan culture, Phillips and Strobl reveal the kinds of themes and plots popular comics feature in a post-9/11 context. They discuss heroes’ calculations of “deathworthiness,” or who should be killed in meting out justice, and how these judgments have as much to do with the hero’s character as they do with the actions of the villains. This fascinating volume also analyzes how class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation are used to construct difference for both the heroes and the villains in ways that are both conservative and progressive. Engaging, sharp, and insightful, Comic Book Crime is a fresh take on the very meaning of truth, justice, and the American way.

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Comic Book Crime
Language: en
Pages: 289
Authors: Nickie D. Phillips, Staci Strobl
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-07-15 - Publisher: NYU Press

Superman, Batman, Daredevil, and Wonder Woman are iconic cultural figures that embody values of order, fairness, justice, and retribution. Comic Book Crime digs deep into these and other celebrated characters, providing a comprehensive understanding of crime and justice in contemporary American comic books. This is a world where justice is
Superhero Science: Kapow! Comic Book Crime Fighters Put Physics to the Test
Language: en
Pages: 48
Authors: Barbara Bakowski, Lynnette Brent Sandvold
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-08-07 - Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

Describes real scientific breakthroughs and how they mirror the "super powers" of fictional heroes.
Comic Book Nation
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Bradford W. Wright, Professor Bradford W Wright
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2001-04-26 - Publisher: JHU Press

Portrays the role of comic books in shaping American youth and pop culture, from Batman's struggles with corrupt politicians during the Depression to Iron Man's Cold War battles.
Comic Book Criminal
Language: en
Pages: 129
Authors: Cathy East Dubowski, Mark Dubowski
Categories: Juvenile Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Hot young comic star Dirk Vista is missing--and there's nothing comical aboutit.
The Art of the Comic Book
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Robert C. Harvey
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Traces the history of comic books, discusses the economics of the field and the changing relationship between the words and the pictures, and profiles leading artists