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Neil Gaiman and the Multifarious Approach to the Superhero

Neil Gaiman and the Multifarious Approach to the Superhero

Chapter:
(p.51) Neil Gaiman and the Multifarious Approach to the Superhero
Source:
The Artistry of Neil Gaiman
Author(s):
Darren Harris-Fain
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.003.0004

In this chapter, Darren Harris-Fain offers a structuralist examination of the comics career of Neil Gaiman. Overseeing a longitudinal analysis of his work in the medium, Harris-Fain separates Gaiman's work into five distinct criteria: 1) the straightforward/direct; 2) the oblique/indirect; 3) the revisionist; 4) the comic; and 5) the mythic. While not mutually exclusive, they do, for the first time, offer clear connections between his works for all companies while distinguishing his career as it developed over the years.

Keywords:   Comics, Superheroes, Taxonomy, comics' history, structuralism

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