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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

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

Tim Hanley

University Press of Mississippi

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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