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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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Color Them Black

Color Them Black

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(p.252) Color Them Black
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Adilifu Nama

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0021

This chapter considers the impact of the lack of black superheroes on both black and white children. It argues that concern over media effects on black children who admire white superheroes is overly simplistic and fails to seriously take into account the fact that audience reception is a more complex phenomenon than is suggested by a strict stimulus-response model of media consumption. It also examines the comic book Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, and Black Lightning, the first black superhero in the DC Comics universe.

Keywords:   superheroes, blacks, superhero comics, whites, children, audience reception, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, Black Lighting

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