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Working-Class Comic Book Heroes: Class Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics

Marc DiPaolo


The Occupy Wall Street protests popularized the notion that “We are the 99 percent” mobilized against the political and economic interests of “the top 1%.” Some protestors wore Guy Fawkes masks in honor of the anarchist hero V, from Alan Moore’s comic book V for Vendetta. The 2016 United States Presidential election saw further evidence of populist unrest, with Democratic Primary candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican Party nominee Donald J. Trump making the economic fears of the beleaguered working- and middle-classes centerpieces of their campaigns. Since populist movements play an increasi ... More

Keywords: Working-class, Labor, Comics, Superheroes, Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781496816641
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc DiPaolo, editor
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

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Past Lives

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Jack Kirby

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Marvel’s Shamrock

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