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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Excerpts from Japanese Demon Lore

Excerpts from Japanese Demon Lore

Oni from Ancient Times to the Present1

(p.319) Chapter 31 Excerpts from Japanese Demon Lore
The Supervillain Reader

Noriko T. Reider

University Press of Mississippi

This paper examines the relationship between the superhero and the sidekick to problematize the hero’s complicity in violence, focusing on the relationship between Captain America and his sidekick-turned-antihero Bucky Barnes, AKA the Winter Soldier. The political allegory of Captain America as a heroic figure in wartime is problematized by Bucky as a child soldier in WWII, an assassin during the Cold War, and a villain seeking redemption during the War on Terror. The diegetic revisions of Bucky’s character make him a fascinating proxy for the necessary omissions in superhero storytelling and historical revisionism that separate heroism and villainy.

Keywords:   Captain America, war history, World War Two, Cold War, Bucky Barnes

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