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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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A Song of the Urban Superhero

A Song of the Urban Superhero

(p.170) A Song of the Urban Superhero
The Superhero Reader

Scott Bukatman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the link between superheroes and cities, arguing that American superheroes encapsulate and embodies the same utopian aspirations of modernity as cities themselves. Superhero narratives comprise a genre that joins World’s Fairs, urban musicals, and slapstick comedies in presenting urban modernity as a utopia of sublime grace. Superhero comics provide a compelling iconography of a rich urban imaginary, unfettered and uncanny.

Keywords:   comics, superheroes, cities, urban modernity, superhero narratives

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