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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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Crowds of Superheroes

Crowds of Superheroes

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The Superhero Reader

Robert Jewett

John Shelton Lawrence

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents an excerpt from The Myth of the American Superhero (2002) by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence. It discusses the proliferation of superheroes following the success of Superman comics in 1938; the connection of superhero materials with the American religious heritage; and the emergence of a new mystical consciousness shaped by the American monomyth.

Keywords:   comics, superheroes, superhero genre, American religious heritage, mystical consciousness

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