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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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Jack Kirby and the Marvel Aesthetic

Jack Kirby and the Marvel Aesthetic

(p.136) Jack Kirby and the Marvel Aesthetic
The Superhero Reader

Charles Hatfield

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents an excerpt from Charles Hatfield’s Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (2011). It discusses how Marvel under Kirby introduced an epic approach to the superhero genre that was “mythic” both in its scale and in its pantheonic complications. Kirby’s mythic approach paved the way for series in which heroes not only saved the world but redefined it. It also gave the contemporary superhero a reason for being.

Keywords:   Marvel, comics, superhero genre, Jack Kirby, mythic, superheroes

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