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Gender and the Superhero Narrative$
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Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.001.0001

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The Evolution of Female Readership

The Evolution of Female Readership

Letter Columns in Superhero Comics

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(p.221) The Evolution of Female Readership
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Gender and the Superhero Narrative
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Tim Hanley

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.003.0010

The comic book industry is currently experiencing a renaissance of female readers across all genres, including superhero books. By every conceivable metric, women have engaged in superhero fandom in ever-increasing levels over the past decade. However, historical demographic breakdowns for the readership of superhero comics are essentially non-existent. There is one way to construct our own data, however. In the early 1960s, letter columns became a regular feature in superhero comic books, and remained a constant in the genre through the 1990s. This chapter uses letters pages as a way of estimating the level of, and investigating the nature of, female readership of superhero comics.

Keywords:   Letters Pages, Fandom, Quantitative Analysis

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