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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia$
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Brian Cremins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808769

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.001.0001

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Wertham’s Little Goblins

Wertham’s Little Goblins

Captain Marvel, Fanzines, and the Art of Nostalgia

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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Brian Cremins

University Press of Mississippi

After Fawcett’s legal settlement with National in 1953, the original Captain Marvel did not return to comic books until 1973. In the meantime, comic book fans and amateur historians began writing about the character in the 1960s. This chapter traces Captain Marvel’s afterlife in these fanzines, publications that helped to establish the foundation for comics studies in the United States. The chapter also includes an overview of recent developments in the field of memory and nostalgia studies. These recent studies of the history of nostalgia in medicine, psychology, and the arts are essential for an understanding of how childhood memories have shaped comics studies as a discipline.

Keywords:   Comic books and nostalgia, Comics scholarship, Fanzines, Memory studies, Superheroes and nostalgia

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