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Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond

José Alaniz


The Thing. Daredevil. Captain Marvel. The Human Fly. Drawing on DC and Marvel comics from the 1950s to the 1990s and marshaling insights from three burgeoning fields of inquiry in the humanities—disability studies, death and dying studies, and comics studies—the book seeks to redefine the contemporary understanding of the superhero. Beginning in the Silver Age, the genre increasingly challenged and complicated its hypermasculine, quasi-eugenicist biases through such disabled figures as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Matt Murdock/Daredevil, and the Doom Patrol. The author traces how the superhero became ... More

Keywords: DC comics, Marvel comics, superhero, Silver Age, postwar United States, The Human Fly, Strikeforce: Morituri, The Death of Captain Marvel, death, disability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461176
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

José Alaniz, author
University of Washington