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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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The Revisionary Superhero Narrative

The Revisionary Superhero Narrative

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(p.116) The Revisionary Superhero Narrative
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The Superhero Reader
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Geoff Klock

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0013

This chapter presents an excerpt from Geoff Klock’s How to Read Superhero Comics and Why (2002). It suggests that the 1980s’so-called revisionary superhero movement—in particular its taproots texts The Dark Night Returns (1986), by Frank Miller, and Watchmen (1986–87), by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons—was the moment when the superhero genre crossed over from infantile “fantasy” to “literature.” These texts are the first to gather in, organize, and comment on the entire history of the genre: essentially, texts that reflexively pose allegorical arguments about the genre itself.

Keywords:   Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, superheroes, Frank Muller, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, superhero genre

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