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The Superhero Reader

Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester


Despite their commercial appeal and cross-media reach, superheroes are only recently starting to attract sustained scholarly attention. This book includes chapters and book excerpts by major writers on comics and popular culture. While superhero comics are a distinct and sometimes disdained branch of comics creation, they are integral to the development of the North American comic book and the history of the medium. For the past half-century they have also been the one overwhelmingly dominant market genre. The sheer volume of superhero comics that have been published over the years is staggeri ... More

Keywords: superheroes, superhero comics, popular culture, videogames, prose fiction, commercial appeal, scholarly attention, comics, comics creation, American comic book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Hatfield, editor

Jeet Heer, editor

Kent Worcester, editor

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