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Author Austin, Allan W., author.

Title All new, all different? : a history of race and the American superhero / Allan W. Austin, Patrick L. Hamilton
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 373 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. "World's finest?" : the wartime superhero and race, 1941-1945 -- 2. Struggling for social relevance : DC, Marvel, and the Cold War, 1945-1965 -- 3. "We're all brothers!" : the ideal of liberal brotherhood in the 1960s & 1970s -- 4. Guess who's coming to save you? : the rise of the ethnic superhero in the 1960s & 1970s -- 5. "Something for everyone:" the super team in the age of multiculturalism, 1975-1996 -- 6. Replacement heroes and the quest for inclusion, 1985-2011 -- 7. Something old, something new: heroes reborn and reimagined, 1990-2015
Summary Taking a multifaceted approach to attitudes toward race through popular culture and the American superhero, All New, All Different? explores a topic that until now has only received more discrete examination. Considering Marvel, DC, and lesser-known texts and heroes, this illuminating work charts eighty years of evolution in the portrayal of race in comics as well as in film and on television.Beginning with World War II, the authors trace the vexed depictions in early superhero stories, considering both Asian villains and nonwhite sidekicks. While the emergence of Black Panther, Black Lightning, Luke Cage, Storm, and other heroes in the 1960s and 1970s reflected a cultural revolution, the book reveals how nonwhite superheroes nonetheless remained grounded in outdated assumptions. Multiculturalism encouraged further diversity, with 1980s superteams, the minority-run company Milestone's new characters in the 1990s, and the arrival of Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani-American heroine, and a new Latinx Spider-Man in the 2000s. Concluding with a discussion of contemporary efforts to make both a profit and a positive impact on society, All New, All Different? enriches our understanding of the complex issues of racial representation in American popular culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-361) and index
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Subject Comic books, strips, etc -- United States -- History and criticism
Heroes -- Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
Race in literature.
Superheroes in literature.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Race in literature.
Superheroes in literature.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Comics (Graphic works)
Comics (Graphic works)
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Hamilton, Patrick L., author
ISBN 1477318984