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Monstrous Women in Comics$
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Samantha Langsdale and Elizabeth Rae Coody

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827623

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.001.0001

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The (Un)Remarkable Fatness of Valiant’s Faith

The (Un)Remarkable Fatness of Valiant’s Faith

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(p.69) 4 The (Un)Remarkable Fatness of Valiant’s Faith
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Monstrous Women in Comics
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Stefanie Snider

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827623.003.0005

This chapter examines the potential, as well as the limits, of making the superhero Faith Herbert/Zephyr fat. Typically framed as monstrous in western superhero comics, Faith’s fatness is treated textually and visually as if it is not in any way aberrant. The author of this chapter questions whether this representation marks a positive shift in western popular culture in relation to fatness, or whether, in this case, Faith as a monstrous woman has been “defanged” and denied the potential to be subversive of marginalizing norms.

Keywords:   superheroes, fatness, monstrous woman, popular culture, representation

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