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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Waiting for Spider-Man: Representations of Urban School “Reform” in Marvel Comics’ Miles Morales Series

Waiting for Spider-Man: Representations of Urban School “Reform” in Marvel Comics’ Miles Morales Series

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(p.278) 18 Waiting for Spider-Man: Representations of Urban School “Reform” in Marvel Comics’ Miles Morales Series
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
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David E. Low

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0019

This chapter examines representations of an urban charter school lottery in Marvel's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, a comic book series that is popular with young readers, regularly selling 35,000 to 50,000 single issues in a month, and considerably more once anthologized in hard and softcover editions. The critically acclaimed title, which began in September 2011, features Miles Morales, a young Afro-Latino protagonist from a working-class community in Brooklyn, who takes on the iconic role of Spider-Man. Since the title's launch, Miles has proven especially popular with readers from racial and ethnic minority groups who have felt under-represented and misrepresented in mainstream superhero comics.

Keywords:   superhero comics, Miles Morales, ethnic minority, comic books, Marvel, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man

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