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Working-Class Comic Book HeroesClass Conflict and Populist Politics in Comics$
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Marc DiPaolo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816641

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816641.001.0001

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Marvel’s Shamrock

Marvel’s Shamrock

Haunted Heroine, Working Woman, Guardian of the Galaxy

(p.206) Marvel’s Shamrock
Working-Class Comic Book Heroes

Christina M. Knopf

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter considers the interplay of gender, nationality, powers, and vocations in the character of Molly “Shamrock” Fitzgerald, one of the most fascinating superheroines to appear in the Marvel Universe. A reluctant superhero, Shamrock served as a voice for the voiceless: women, children, workers, and the dead. Spiritually connected to a war she disavowed, she stayed modestly in the background when possible and took on maternal responsibilities of educator and caretaker – low-profile, emotionally-draining roles that would necessitate her working odd jobs through retirement. With strengths found through feminine agency, Shamrock’s intermittent appearances throughout the Marvel Universe between 1982 and 2015 are strikingly representative of the complicated history of women in society, war, and work.

Keywords:   Gender, War, Caregiving, Spiritualism, Compassion fatigue

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