Death, disability, and the Superhero SC (2015 UPM) The Silver Age and Beyond comic books
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1st printing. By José Alaniz. Beginning in the Silver Age, the super-hero genre increasingly challenged and complicated its hypermasculine, quasi-eugenicist biases through such disabled figures as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and the Doom Patrol. Alaniz traces how the superhero became increasingly vulnerable, ill, and mortal in this era. He then proceeds to a reinterpretation of characters and series - some familiar (Superman), some obscure (She-Thing). Death and disability, presumed routinely absent or denied in the superhero genre, emerge to form a core theme and defining function of the Silver Age and beyond. Softcover, 6-in. x 9-in., 376 pages, Text (with B&W Illustrations and Photos). Cover price $30.00.