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Medievalist Comics and the American Century

Chris Bishop


The comic book has become an essential icon of the “American Century,” an era defined by optimism in the face of change and by the recognition of the intrinsic value of democracy and modernization. For many, the Middle Ages stand as an antithesis to these ideals, and yet medievalist comics have emerged, endured, even thrived alongside their superhero counterparts. Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant emerged from an America at odds with monarchy but still in love with King Arthur. Green Arrow is the continuation of a long fascination with Robin Hood that has become as central to the American identity a ... More

Keywords: Reception, Medievalism, Comics, History, Middle-Ages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808509
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808509.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Bishop, author
Australian National University