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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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Comic Book Masculinity

Comic Book Masculinity

Chapter:
(p.269) Comic Book Masculinity
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The Superhero Reader
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Jeffrey Brown

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0022

This chapter examines black superheroes as symbols of hypermasculinity. It discusses how Milestone characters have redressed earlier stereotypes perpetrated by comic book heroes inspired by the popularity of Blaxploitation films in the mid 1970s. These characters provide a much needed alternative to the jive-talking heroes of the past, as well as on occasion spoofing the Blaxploitation heritage and placing it in an acceptable historical context.

Keywords:   blacks, hypermasculinity, black superheroes, Milestone, Blaxploitation

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